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Modern Life Is Rubbish
Adapted by Philip Gawthorne from his short stage play, Modern Life Is Rubbish is a valentine to the Britpop era which takes its title from Blur's second studio album, and hums along to a soundtrack of Spiritualized, Stereophonics and Radiohead, among others. Struggling musician Liam (Josh Whitehouse) refuses to move with the times and ditch his vinyl collection in favour of CDs. He works at a music store where he meets Natalie (Freya Mavor), who is clutching a copy of Blur's greatest hits. It transpires that she knows even more about music than snobbish Liam and the seeds of romance are sown. While Liam supposedly clings onto his integrity and refuses to allow anything to deviate him from his dreams, graphic designer Natalie sells out in his eyes to accept a corporate job that will pay the rent. Tensions between the couple cleave them apart after 10 years and Liam comes to realise, with prompting from his quirky cultural guru The Curve (Ian Hart), that he must change if he is to be part of Natalie's present and future.