Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
Third Thursday of the Month,
Tredyffrin Public Library
TAB meets monthly at Tredyffrin Public Library to plan library activities and events for teens. If you are interested in joining TAB, please contact Laurie Doan at LDoan@ccls.org or 610.688.7092 x200.
BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS & REVIEWS
“The Butterfly Club”
A play by Sara May
Featured in the book
Producers' Choice: Six Plays for Young Performers
Edited and Introduced by Paul Roseby
Review by: Brittany
“The Butterfly Club” is a story with up to fourteen characters that can act in it. The characters involve parents and kids, many in their teens. The setting of the play takes place in a London suburb around Christmas in areas of homes, a funeral, and a Pavilion. The first scene in the play involves a worried mom and her seventeen year old, upset, and very paranoid daughter Caitlin. During the scene Caitlin shows symbolism towards a yellow scarf. After scene one Caitlin is dead and has committed suicide. In the rest of the scenes the play talks about people’s reactions to Caitlin’s death and more about their lives getting ready for her funeral.
I thought “The Butterfly Club” was a very conflicted play. The characters in it did not respect Caitlin after her death. What I found interesting about the play was that they showed the adults point of view of Caitlin’s death. The sad part about this play is that it is based on true stories. In 2008 twenty two young people committed suicide in the area of South Wales. When finding that out I thought why someone would do that to themselves? Why didn’t someone reach out and help them, but people do try, sometimes not enough. I recommend this play to older teens because of language and some violence. Otherwise I recommend this story because it is very well thought and shows that resting in peace is not the best thing to do when depressed about life.
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