It's May 1997. Tony Blair has won the election and Katrina and the Waves have won Eurovision. The iPhone doesn't exist, no one knows who Harry Potter is and Titanic is on the shelves of every Blockbuster. Britain is the coolest place in the world.
At the local secondary school it's a different story. It's the last week of term and Tobias, the new German language assistant has just arrived in the UK. While political change occurs outside of the classroom, a revolution slowly starts to take place within it. Tobias is greeted by a group of eccentric schoolteachers just trying to make it through the day, including Miss Belltop-Doyle who can't control her year 10s and Mr Pashley who is trying to keep a confiscated Tamagotchi alive.
This whip-smart show is a love letter to education in the 90s and is jam-packed with more hits than ‘Now That’s What I Call 1997’ including Oasis, Katrina and the Waves, The Spice Girls. Crammed with Teletubbies references, jokes about Take That and the Macarena, Education Education Education is the new must see comedy of 2019 and plays a strictly limited 4 week season at the Trafalgar Studios.
Very disappointed as this play only rang true to the era it was portraying on a few occasions. It was cliched and trite for much of the performance which made me cringe. Reminded me a bit of a drama club reworking of a play: Tragic-comedy taken too far - over-exaggerated. There were a few moments when script hit the mark but lost in the rather juvenile over-acting. Timings and staging were impressive though.
Wonderful energetic performances, cleverly devised piece linking past and present and a chilling foreshadowing of post-Blair teaching. And a bloke jumped right over a table!
This show was packed full of nostalgia for the 90s, when it was Oasis and Take That and Smash Hits and the Big Breakfast. It was brilliant. Looking at that era through the lens of 2019, with Brexit and social division was poignant and thought provoking. Thanks for provoking those thoughts and for the entertainment. Here’s hoping that Things Can Only Get Better!
This was a very enjoyable comedy ,full of energy and smart jokes about school life and the education system as it was then . The cast provided us with an assortment of characters and a few moments of drama as well as laughter.
A very funny and impressively staged production using minimal sets. The actors doubling as teachers and pupils added to the enjoyment. The play really caught the atmosphere of a school and of the staff room. Highly recommended.
Cast were great and had a good pace. Entertaining.
Great play, great pace and great fun whilst also sending a message.
Brilliant Starr, imaginative and creative. When tried to get serious it kind of lost its effectiveness in both humour and structure. The "meaning" was over simplistic and didn't really work
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31st May - 29th June 2019