Review: Teechers at the Harlow Playhouse

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JOHN Godber’s play from the mid-eighties is an undoubted classic. So much so that it is firmly enshrined in GCSE work at many schools.

This reviewer only realised this when they turned up to the Playhouse to find a packed audience from schools across the area.

In the promotional material, the play is described as full of “unforgettable characters” and that, above anything else, is what has stayed with this reviewer.

This is not an easy play to perform. Although each actor is dressed as one character, they play a multitude of people. Their remarkable transformations through the slightest of gestures or movement are a wonder to behold. What this shows is that Jake Addley, Nicole Black and Rosalind Seal are no ordinary actors but show fantastic skills from flighty adolescents to prim teachers.

This reviewer has not seen Teechers before but you get the feeling that many attempt it and do it well but it is very hard to get that straight A. This was a definite straight A.

Well done to the director, Adrian McDougall for shaping an excellent production and a performance that got a rapturous ovation from over 200 students. That’s some feedback!

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