Key themes in The Slab Boys: Social division, humour and bullying, rebellion and conformity, mental illness, and dreams and reality. The background is a paint spattered slab desk.

Each of the themes in The Slab Boys is explored through conflict between and within the characters:

  • social division - the Slab Boys attempt to overcome the restrictions of traditional social classes
  • humour and bullying - all of the characters use their quick wit to pick on each other's faults
  • rebellion and conformity - Phil, Spanky and Lucille exert their own youthful ideas, while Curry, Sadie and Jack maintain traditional values
  • mental illness - coping with mental health issues is complicated through social stigma and a lack of understanding
  • dreams and reality - Phil's insistence of following his dreams jeopardises his current situation