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Follow The Fortunes Of Three Year 11 Pupils In Comedy Play
John Godber's classic comedy play about life at a struggling 'sink' school is given a new broom in this 2018 production which is embarking on a tour of the UK. The Blackeyed Theatre company has revived its highly-acclaimed production of Teechers under the direction of Adrian McDougall and is set to win over a new audience of fans of all ages, including an appearance at the Lichfield Garrick theatre on March 15.

The oster for the new tour of Teechers. Credit Alex Harvey-Brown

Featuring an up-to-date soundtrack, Teechers brings to life an array of terrifying teachers and hopeless pupils through the unique eyes of Salty, Gail and Hobby; three Year 11 students about to leave school for good. On the opposite side of their desks is Mr Nixon, the unsuspecting new drama teacher. So, will Mr Nixon abandon his new students for a green and pleasant grammar school? Other questions tackled during the play include who puts the bounce in Miss Prime, the PE teacher; will Mrs Parry ever find her Koko; and why does everyone smell of spring onions? Crammed full of unforgettable characters, political left-hooks and razor-sharp comedy, Teechers is as relevant today as it has ever been - a modern classic with something vital to say about education for the 'haves' and 'have nots'.

The play is seen through the eyes of three Year 11 students. Credit Alex Harvey-Brown

Blackeyed Theatre is one of the UK's leading touring theatre companies, with more than 12 years experience of bringing exciting, high quality work to scores of towns and cities across the UK, from Eastbourne to Dundee. Teechers can be seen at the Lichfield Garrick theatre on Thursday 15 March. Tickets priced at 18 for adults, 14.50 for students and 12 for schools are available online or by calling the box office on 01543 412121. The play is deemed suitable for children aged 11 and above. For more information about Blackeyed Theatre and the play, visit the website.

Teechers drops in at Lichfield Garrick on March 15. Credit Alex Harvey-Brown

Forthcoming UK dates

Feb 19 - 20 Stantonbury Theatre Milton-Keynes 01908 324466
Feb 21 Middlesbrough Theatre Middlesbrough 01642 815181
Feb 22 - 23 Customs House South Shields 0191 454 1234
Feb 24 Queen's Hall Hexham 01434 652477
Feb 26 - 28 Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds 01284 769505
Mar 1 - 2 New Theatre Royal Lincoln 01522 519999
Mar 5 Key Theatre Peterborough 01733 207239
Mar 6 Cornerstone Didcot 01235 515144
Mar 7 Harrow Arts Centre Harrow 020 3773 7161
Mar 8 - 9 Towngate Theatre Basildon 01268 465465
Mar 10 Theatre Royal Margate 01843 292795
Mar 12 - 13 Mumford Theatre Cambridge 01223 352932
Mar 14 Broadway Theatre Letchworth 01462 681088
Mar 15 Garrick Theatre Lichfield 01543 412121
Mar 16 Aberystwyth Arts Centre Aberystwyth 01970 623232
Mar 19 Stahl Theatre Oundle 01832 273930
Mar 20 Haymarket Theatre Basingstoke 01256 844244
Mar 21 The Lights Andover 01264 368368
Mar 23 The Berry Theatre Hedge End 023 8065 2333
Mar 24 Dorchester Arts Centre Dorchester 01305 266926
Mar 26 Medina Theatre Newport, Isle of Wight 01983 823884
Mar 28 White Rock Theatre Hastings 01424 462288
Mar 29 The Alexandra Theatre Bognor Regis 01243 861010
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Why? John Godber's Classic Comedy About Life In A 'Sink' School
When: 15 March
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Lichfield tickets 18 adults, 14.50 students, 12 schools
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