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Teach (Bread And Butter Productions)

By | Published on Tuesday 20 August 2019

The education system has been a contentious topic for a while. Attempting to confront its issues, this personal-political memoir explores one teacher’s love/hate relationship with his career. From Gove to classroom homophobia, we witness his desperation as he tries to influence today’s youth. Although the performance was impassioned and engaging, the narrative felt underdeveloped; for a play which claimed to be about education, it mostly focused on writer/performer Matthew Roberts’s life. His portrayal of multiple characters was strong, but he failed to explore the many perspectives of children struggling within this system, and his relationship with them. Because of this the emotional moments, although genuine, weren’t always clearly provoked. With fine-tuning, this timely piece could make a deeper statement on schooling.

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Ella Dorman-Gajic]