Audience pays attention as Teechers are in town.


Walker Theatre

Wednesday 31st January 2018


Back in the Nineteen-Eighties things were changing, Music, Fashion, Art etc.  However there was a quieter revolution happening in theatre and playwrighting in general. Amongst all this new drama along with Willy Russell and Alan Bennet we see rising to the top very quickly, John Godber and The Hull Truck Theatre Company.  Godber and his contemporaries brought to us a new kind of theatre.  A minimalistic approach to the maximum of a subject; and to the top of the pile rose, “Teechers,” it is always now on somewhere and is worth seeing if you never have.

Salty, Gail and Nicole are three kids at the tail end of their school years, there is a problem with the Mikado and Mr. Nixon the beleaguered Drama teacher (know how he feels) is being bullied by Mr. Bassford who wields power over the cover rota. The story is told brilliantly through the three school children taking on the gamut of parts that such a story offers. The results are hilarious and one can see that Godber has earned his place at the top but Blackeyed Theatre Company should be right up there with him.

This two act play calls for true commitment and true emersion into the character to even make it possible. The three players had nothing to fall back on: they were the show. There were three school tables and chairs,( the tables were sporting graffiti that even we Priory Boys would have been proud of.) Other than that it was a blank stage. These three troupers filled that space, one was able to see the classroom, one saw the sports fields and one winced at the school disco.

With a combination of the group’s ability to use words to draw images, their gesturing and movement, even the tables could have been lost if needed be. The rhythm these three have built between them is like electricity. They are so so tuned in to each other and carried the show beautifully to entertain a very full house with their talent and exuberance.

The speed they could change characters was breath-taking. From meek child to browbeating teacher the skills waited like arrows to be used in the very full, actor’s quivers.

Nicole Black’s Miss Jackie Prime was absolutely hilarious. One would add if you have ever been in a teacher’s staff room you will know exactly how well she nails it. Stole this reviewers heart and it isn’t given lightly.

Rosalind Seal’s characterisation was fantastic she flicked and flipped through her characters equally each one different, each one superb and each one stunningly well observed.  Jake Addley added sheen to this already brilliantly cast show. Jake’s characters again were so different and so engaging and so utterly conceivable. One saw everything he saw and if he said there was an elephant on the front row we would have believed and moved accordingly. He was so watchable.

What marks these guys out as different from the hundreds of Drama Student hopefuls that see this show is their ability to commit. A part can-not become a part without commitment. No matter what the director tells you, that is what you do. No arguing, no moaning but a commitment. 

Moreover it is an intellectual commitment too that gives the depth. A full understanding to who you are being. So good for so many young Drama students to see tonight.

Catch this show if you can, Godber is a great writer and Blackeyed Theatre Company are a great company. What a winner!

This is a Four Star Review

Owen J.Lewis


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For many years Sofia wrote here under her male name Owen J. Lewis. She is now mostly writing under her own name of Sofia Lewis. Sofia, who worked on independent radio for over ten years, lives in Shrewsbury and writes plays. She has over 15 titles published and her plays are performed all over the world. She is especially popular in America. Her poetry is also often noted and she writes reams of it most weeks. Since graduating in theatre in 1997 Sofia has been an Actor, Filmmaker, and a Secondary School Teacher. Reviewing theatre is something she thoroughly enjoys and she loves to see great theatre. As a musician Sofia is known throughout the UK she is a folk singer, and is often seen or heard around her native county singing and having fun. Sofia has contributed to for over a decade and enjoys sharing her views on theatre. Sofia has one daughter and grew up in Church Stretton.

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