Book – Teechers
Author – John Godber
Year – 1987
Genre – Play
Pages – 31
Yes, you read that right, 31 pages. I have had a copy of this play since I was a drama student and bought it amidst a fit of guilt at only owning three plays. I then proceeded to not read it, and it only cropped up again last year. However, with a challenge to complete, I felt that I couldn’t justify a thirty one page book, and thought I would save it for this year where I can afford to be a little more lax with my book sizes.
So, on a mission to read more plays this year – I am now a drama graduate and I sometimes have a fit of guilt over only owning four plays, including the one I bought whilst having a fit of guilt over only owning three plays – I grabbed this one off of the shelf and finally brought myself round to reading it.
And worthwhile it was. I started out thinking that it was very definitely the kind of play that you needed to see instead of read – no problem with that, I would rather that than a play that you never would want to see no matter how nice it was to read – but before the end of the first act, I found myself thoroughly enjoying it as a story, not just a play.
The structure is that of a play within a play. Three school leavers have been persuaded by their drama teacher (or teecher, depending upon your preference. My spellcheck incidentally, is not a fan of this play) to produce a production based upon their last year of school, and how the new drama teacher has inspired them to become a little more than the toerags that they become. The three students portray twenty different parts between them, and the script does well to paint the characters – an old fashioned deputy head, a stuck up PE teacher, a school ‘cock’ – which is where the play truly flourishes. Having it about a school told from the point of view of school kids, makes the whole play work, and despite being twenty four years old now, could – with references to things such as O-Levels and Wham updated – work perfectly today. Definitely a good play to start the year off with.