ED2017 2/5 Reviews ED2017 Theatre Reviews

Professional (CUSP)

By | Published on Sunday 27 August 2017

Some teachers are formidable, all-seeing and authoritative – but when the students leave do they turn into normal, happy people? As the automatic doors seal shut unexpectedly on a Friday afternoon, four teachers are trapped together and, much like their students, are forced to integrate. The characters are well-defined and thoroughly explored, from the severe deputy head who is surprisingly sexually liberal, to the enthusiastic drama teacher who recounts a harrowing experience. However, besides this the script feels thin – while the constant focus on professionalism and conduct does help to structure the script, it also feels one-dimensional and inert. The performances are decent but do little to thrill. ‘Professional’ is a competent attempt but one lacking in narrative depth and theatrical vigour.

theSpace on the Mile, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [James Napleton]