“We treat you like young adults and we expect you to behave accordingly”
THE NEW academic year means it’s time to head back to school as Guildford Fringe Theatre Company present a raucous, robust production of John Godber’s razor-sharp comedy Teechers in The Back Room of the Star Inn from September 19 to 29.
Flirty, feisty and very funny, join fifth form students Gail, Hobby and Salty who, through their end-of-term play, tell the hilarious story of an idealistic new drama teacher during his perilous first days inside a rough local comprehensive school.
Staffroom politics, recalcitrant classes and obstructive caretakers are exposed in this fast-moving, highly entertaining classroom comedy, evoking the trials and tribulations of life in a modern school – for teachers and teenagers alike.
Will Mr Nixon be worn down and escape to the soothing academic retreat, St George’s? Is sharing tea with Miss Prime a forlorn fantasy? Will Mrs Parry ever find her Koko? And will Simon Patterson ever stop running?
Populated with fascinating characters, this acerbic social comedy scrutinises the education system to hilarious effect.
Known for his observational comedies, award-winning playwright John Godber has written over 50 plays and is one of our most performed writers. His many plays include: Bouncers, Un ‘n’ Under, The Debt Collectors, April In Paris, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Cramp, Happy Jack, September In The Rain, Passion Killers, Happy Families and Lucky Sods.
Godber himself trained as a teacher of drama at Bretton Hall College and became Head of Drama at Minsthorpe High School; the school he attended as a student.
Directed by Harry Blumenau and assistant direction and choreography by Charlotte Bateup, the play stars Lauren James Ray (Glinda/Nessarose in Wicked and Eponine/Cosette in Les Misérables, West End) as Gail; Sam Stay (Oedipus, Almeida Theatre and The Play, Edinburgh Fringe) as Salty; and Elle Banstead-Salim (The Big Awkward Family Sketch Show, G Live and Teeth N Smiles, Stockwell Playhouse) as Hobby. The trio of versatile actors all multi-role, playing 20 different characters between them in Godber’s modern classic.
Producer (Guildford Fringe), Nick Wyschna says: “When we read Teechers we could immediately see it fitting in perfectly at The Back Room of The Star Inn. We are always looking for plays that can embrace the space, rather than try and make it into something that it is not. When you come and see the play, The Back Room will be a school hall for the evening!
Although the play was written in 1984 (the year of my birth!) Godbers writing is so easily transferred from decade to decade. I think the cleverest of writing is that that means you can watch the show without too much thought, it is written in ‘real’ language, easy to follow and easy to get swept up in.
I worked with Harry Blumenau as one of his actors last year at The Union Theatre (London) where I played Daniel in the revival of Imagine This. I loved his style of directing so made a point of telling him what we are up to in Guildford, hoping that he’d want to be involved! We have certainly grabbed him before he gets too big for us so don’t miss this production that he’ll be directing for us in Guildford!”
Have you got what it takes to be top of the class? Join Guildford Fringe Theatre Company on their quest to deliver straight A students in this laugh-out-loud masterclass in education.
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