IT IS more than 20 years old but John Godber’s play Teechers still has a resonance today.
Hormone-charged school kids in an environment where most teachers were as happy to be there as their young charges were. Ah, we all remember it well.
Teechers is an early Godber piece and one that remains as popular as ever which is why Huddersfield Thespians will stage a new production of this much-played show at the Lawrence Batley Theatre next week.
It opens in the cosy confines of the theatre’s Cellar space on Tuesday where it runs nightly at 7.45pm with a matinee on Saturday at 2pm.
Experienced actor and director Tony Hayward returns to the Thespian ranks to produce this show which was written by the former miner’s son after his own stint at the chalk face working as a teacher at a Yorkshire school.
Godber trained as a teacher of drama at Bretton Hall College and became artistic director of Hull Truck Theatre Company in 1984.
Before becoming a full-time writer and theatre director, he was head of drama at Minsthorpe High School, the school that he attended as a student, and later put both those experiences to good use writing for TV series Brookside and Grange Hill.
Teechers bears many of the familiar, early Godber hallmarks. It’s funny, it’s familiar and it has something to say.
The kids will be pretty familiar too: the disenchanted, the disinterested and the downright desperate.
Tony has put together a cast of three young performers, Dean Robson, Rachel Elsley and Kristina Boothroyd who have given their all in rehearsal in pursuit of what Godber intended, a play that has a physical and emotional rawness about it that should make you laugh - and might just stir the heart. Box office is on 01484-430528.