Teechers

John Godber
Young Pleasance
Pleasance Forth

The Young Pleasance's high-energy production of Teechers is an absolute gem. The large cast of 27 talented youngsters have re-invented Godber's classic play with a vital and dynamic ownership that simply sparkles and fizzes.

This was accomplished ensemble acting played with attitude and commitment and was great fun.

The gifted cast share the main parts by the device of sharing a costume, the wearing of a jacket or a scarf or hat that is passed between them which works superbly.

They say that your school days are the best of years of your life but for the pupils of Whitehall Comprehensive this is far from the truth.

The appointment of a "spanking new, out of the box" Drama teacher Mr Nixon brings a ray of hope to some of the drop-out students.

All of the stereotypes are there: the disaffected teachers, the school 'stud' Oggy Moxon, the cantankerous caretaker, the demonic Mr Basford and the Head who is totally into her amateur dramatics and her production of The Mikado.

This was a production that had you laughing out loud and reminded you of all the memories of your own schooldays.

Young Pleasance punches way above its weight in this effervescent production.

Reviewer: Robin Strapp