Upcoming Evening of Comedy

On St Patricks Evening the Dunluce School Performing Arts student invite you to 'An Evening of Comedy'

This will take the form of a selection of scenes from two well known comedic plays:  Teechers, by John Godber; and Stages and Hens, by Willy Russell.

John Godber is an English Dramatist.  In the early 90s it was calculated that he was the third most performed playwright (after Shakespeare and Alan Ayckbourn)  He has written BAFTA winning screenplays, but one of his most famous comedies remains his 1984 stage play, Teechers.  In it three school leavers, Salty, Hobby and Gail Saunders perform to an audience an account of their time in secondary school (given the name 'Whitewall' for their performance), specifically their time with Mr Jeff Nixon, the new drama teacher who ignites their passion for the stage with his idealism and belief that all children should be treated equally. The children mention that the names of the characters have been changed: Mr Nixon's real name is Mr Harrison, mentioned at the beginning. At the end of the play he leaves Whitewall High School to teach at St George's, another school with much better teachers.

You may recognise Willy Russell as the writer of films, plays and musicals such as Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine, and Blood Brothers.  After leaving school with one O-Level (in English), he initially became a ladies' hairdresser and ran his own salon. He then undertook a variety of jobs, wrote songs and ran a folk club. He went to night school and then became a school teacher, but soon he was writing plays full time.The majority of his stories revolve around the working class inhabitants of Liverpool - and Stage and Hens is not exception.  The play is set in a trashy 70s disco in Liverpool, England. The action is mainly in the gents and women's toilets of the disco where both Linda (The Bride) and Dave (The Groom) have decided to hold their stags and hens nights, not knowing that their other half is at the same place. When Linda's ex-boyfriend, Peter, arrives this causes an uproar between Linda and Dave's friends and when Linda's hen party get a say in all whats happening the two groups gang together to stop Linda taking up the offer of an escape with her ex Peter she is then forced with a difficult decision - to stay or to go.

The performances will take place in the Assembly Hall at Dunluce and are open to family and friends.  You are advised that the performance is suitable for over 14s.  Entry is by ticket only and these can be obtained from the school office in return for a donation towards Dunluce School funds.  We hope you can be there.