Saddleworth Players

Teechers: preview

Fast-moving and highly entertaining, Teechers evokes life at a comprehensive ‘sink’ school in the 1980s. Using the format of an end-of-term play, the new drama teacher's progress through two terms of recalcitrant classes, cynical colleagues and obstructive caretakers is reviewed. Disillusioned, he departs for a safer private school, but not before making his mark on three classmates whose interest in drama has been ignited. Together, these three, played by Helen Dawson, Liz Travis and Jason Sharp, perform their farewell play with energy and dedication, capturing the essence of everyone from head teacher to school bully with perception and pathos.

Teechers is not just a hilarious romp from gymnasium to bike shed, it also shines a light on the low aspiration culture where under-achievement was the norm.

Laugh-at-loud funny as the cast create all the characters at Whitewall High, in and out of the staffroom, it will make you revisit your own school days with nostalgia – the days of black boards, canes, inscrutable timetables, substitute teachers and school dances. As we applaud Salty, Gail and Hobby on their devised piece and fond farewell to their much-loved teacher, we can be thankful that we didn’t go to Whitewall High School in 1986!

Verity Mann, Jan 7, 2017