26–29 September 2018

“As some teachers are taking advantage of our generous arrival policy, from now on all teachers will be required to sign in and out of the school. Our hours are eight-thirty to four fifty-one. It is now four forty-five. So I suggest you walk very slowly to sign out...” New teacher Lucy arrives for her first day bursting with optimism, but soon finds the staffroom is worse than the classroom. Thrown into a chaotic world of absurd meetings and callous bureaucracy, she struggles with uptight Bronwyn, clueless Clara, disillusioned Ray, retired-years-ago-but-still-teaching Mary, and Pokémon-obsessed Steph. It doesn’t help that she decides to take a stand against Principal Julian and his feckless lackey George, yet small breakthroughs with students and a hopeless crush on art teacher Paul give her hope that it’s all just a learning curve. But when an anonymous blogger starts posting incriminating information about management, Lucy begins to realise that things are even worse than they seem. Should she expose the truth, or do what many employees do when faced with systemic failure - and walk away? Originally commissioned by Free-Rain Theatre Company, this dark comedy by Kirsty Budding had audiences in gales of laughter when it premiered in 2015 and now returns with an updated script and a killer cast under the direction of Rachel Hogan.

This romp has it all: power plays, secret relationships, mystery, sex, and lots of comedy… Kirsty Budding is a name to watch.” Stage Whispers

Show details:

Synopsis

26–29 September 2018

“As some teachers are taking advantage of our generous arrival policy, from now on all teachers will be required to sign in and out of the school. Our hours are eight-thirty to four fifty-one. It is now four forty-five. So I suggest you walk very slowly to sign out…”

New teacher Lucy arrives for her first day bursting with optimism, but soon finds the staffroom is worse than the classroom.

Thrown into a chaotic world of absurd meetings and callous bureaucracy, she struggles with uptight Bronwyn, clueless Clara, disillusioned Ray, retired-years-ago-but-still-teaching Mary, and Pokémon-obsessed Steph. It doesn’t help that she decides to take a stand against Principal Julian and his feckless lackey George, yet small breakthroughs with students and a hopeless crush on art teacher Paul give her hope that it’s all just a learning curve.

But when an anonymous blogger starts posting incriminating information about management, Lucy begins to realise that things are even worse than they seem.

Should she expose the truth, or do what many employees do when faced with systemic failure – and walk away?

Originally commissioned by Free-Rain Theatre Company, this dark comedy by Kirsty Budding had audiences in gales of laughter when it premiered in 2015 and now returns with an updated script and a killer cast under the direction of Rachel Hogan.

This romp has it all: power plays, secret relationships, mystery, sex, and lots of comedy… Kirsty Budding is a name to watch.” Stage Whispers

Dates

Wednesday 26 September, 8pm

Thursday 27 September, 8pm

Friday 28 September, 8pm

Saturday 29 September, 8pm

Details

PRESENTED BY:
Budding Theatre

CATEGORY:
Theatre

DURATION:
Approximately 90 minutes, including interval.

WARNINGS:
Please note this show contains obscene language.

SUIT CHILDREN?:
This performance is not suitable for children.

VENUE:
The Courtyard Studio
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Credits

CREDITS:

Julian (Principal) – Rob deFries

George (Deputy) – Michael Ubrihien

Bronwyn (Head of HR) – Alexandra Pelvin

Clara (Head of English) – Helen Way

Steph (English teacher) – Juliet Moody

Paul (Art teacher) – Hayden Splitt

Lucy (New teacher) – Lottie Bull

Ray (PE teacher) – John Kelly

Mary (Maths teacher) – Joan White

Beth (student) – Bianca Lewis

Emma (student) – Matilda Saddington

Heather (student) – Mashfi Rahman

PRODUCTION TEAM:

Director – Rachel Hogan

Playwright – Kirsty Budding

Stage Manager – Michelle Priest

Assistant Stage Manager – Lo Hogan

Technical Operator – Ashleigh Robinson

Front of house – Hannah Miller, Glynis Stokes, Jenna Wong, Laura Budding

 

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