The state of ‘Teeching’ today explored at Greenwich Theatre from April 27

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Blackeyed Theatre’s acclaimed world premiere touring production of Teechers Leavers ’22 visits Greenwich Theatre for its only London performances as part of a 70-date UK tour.

Teechers Leavers ’22 is a hilarious, high-energy, full-blooded comedy that brings to life an array of terrifying teachers and hopeless pupils through the eyes of Salty, Gail, and Hobby; three Year 11 students facing a scary world with only their imagination and a love of theatre.

Updated in 2022 to make it relevant to a post-pandemic world, the play stars Ciara Morris (The Play That Goes Wrong, Beast Quest) as Gail, Michael Ayiotis (The Sun, The Mountain and Me) as Salty and Terenia Barlow (Bridgerton) as Hobby.

John Godber, the writer said: “This refashioned version of Teechers Leavers ’22 tries to take into account the embattled nature of state education during and post-Covid 19. It still retains its comic elements, but I think the play is stronger, if darker, as it describes a school system which pushes arts subjects to the fringes.

“I had thought that social divisions might have grown closer in the thirty-odd years since I first wrote the play: unfortunately, from what I hear and see, the divisions are wider and the marginalisation of drama in the curriculum in state education is still advancing strongly.

“I’m very excited that Blackeyed Theatre Company will have the opportunity to present this highly physical depiction of state education in their new production.” 

It’s 2022 at Whitewall, a struggling academy that’s failed its Ofsted. The bell’s gone and they can’t afford a new one. The first fifteen have lost sixty-seven nil and it’s not just the playing field that needs levelling up. Sadly, Whitewall’s led by donkeys. So’s Whitehall, come to that. Enter Miss Nixon, a new drama teacher with fire in her belly, a lesson for the elite and a well ‘sick’ Tik Tok!

Adrian McDougall, the director said “I come from a family of teachers and had precious little opportunity to do drama at school, so the play has always resonated with me.

“It’s scathing in its attack on a flawed, two-tier education system but at the same time inspiring in its celebration of the power of imagination and creativity. And what John’s done with this updated version of the script is just brilliant. It’s weightier without losing its comic irreverence.”

Teechers Leavers ’22 is directed by Adrian McDougall, with assistant direction by Martha Godber, choreography by Scott Jenkins, set design by Victoria Spearing, costume design by Naomi Gibbs, lighting design by Alan Valentine and fight direction by Ronin Traynor. 

Teechers Leavers ’22 has performances at Greenwich Theatre, Croooms Hill, SE10 from Thursday 27 to Saturday 29 April 7.30pm (+2.30pm Sat) as part of a UK tour which continues until Friday 25 May.

Admission: £17.50, £15.



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