YORK Theatre Royal goes back to school as John Godber’s comedy Teechers is revived this spring.

The Gala Theatre Durham production in the Studio from May 21 to 1 June 1. Teechers tells the hilarious story of an idealistic new teacher in his perilous first days inside a comprehensive school.

Three school leavers – Salty, Hobby and Gail – decided to perform an end of term tribute about their times in secondary school. Their play is based on their own drama teacher who ignites their passion for the stage with his idealism and belief. Teechers brings to life the school bully, feared by teachers and pupils alike; Barry, the kid who never brings his PE kit; and the Headmistress, whose main priority is the annual Gilbert and Sullivan production. The teachers are as ambivalent and mixed-up as the kids, and everyone’s counting down the days until they can get out.

Director Tom Wright and Hannah Sibai, who designed The Elves and the Shoemakers in the Studio, are reunited in this production.

Tom said: “Now more than ever before drama and the arts in general are under attack in the state education system. This play is all about that; valuing each student and giving the gift of imagination, in a way which is playful and frequently hilarious.”

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