An unruly bunch of bright, funny senior boys in a British boarding school are – as such boys will be – in pursuit of sex, sport, and a place at a good university … generally in that order. In all their efforts, they are helped and hindered, enlightened and bemused, by a maverick English teacher who seeks to broaden their horizons in sometimes undefined ways, and by a young history teacher who questions the methods, as well as the aim, of their schooling. In The History Boys, playwright Alan Bennett evokes the special period and place that the sixth form represents in an English boy’s life. In doing so, he raises – with gentle wit and pitch-perfect command of character – not only universal questions about the nature of history and how it is taught, but also questions about the purpose of education today.
The History Boys
“One of the hardest things for boys to learn is that a teacher is human. One of the hardest things for a teacher to learn is not to try and tell them." Alan Bennett
STAG welcomes back director Brian Moynihan who directed last season’s 7 Stories. Brian says of directing The History Boys:
“When I choose a play to direct, the central ingredient I’m looking for is something that is relevant to contemporary social issues. It also has to be entertaining; humour is essential, and throw in a range of human emotions and you have it. Of course to get all that, it has to be well written. Alan Bennett’s History Boys has it in abundance. His play uses the ongoing social debate- "what is education"- via those young men seeking entry to Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Should they be learning about history as real life, or learning to be clever at passing the entrance examination.”
“Add their complex developing sexual maturation, a lone feminist teacher called Mrs Lintott, Hector the history teacher who inappropriately touches boys, an obnoxious Headmaster, a supply teacher who suggests it is OK to lie through your exams, and round it off with beautiful writing, and how could you not want to direct it. Those who have seen History Boys will go to see it again, if you haven’t book early.”
The History Boys is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Olivier Award for best play, the Tony Award for best play and the Drama Desk Award for best play, among others. It has received several professional productions around the world, including a recent turn with the Melbourne Theatre Company before becoming a successful film in 2006. Playwright Alan Bennett has written extensively for theatre, film and television projects in the UK and has received numerous awards and honours for his writing in both the UK and the USA.
The History Boys by Alan Bennett
Directed by Brian Moynihan
By special arrangement with Dominie Pty, Ltd.
Strathmore Community Centre, corner of Loeman and Napier Streets, Strathmore
(Melway Reference: 16 H 10)
May 27, 28, 29 at 8pm
May 30 at 2pm
June 2,3,4,5 at 8pm
Adults: $20.00 | Concession: $15.00
$2 discount off full price tickets for groups of 10 or more
Phone: (03) 9379 5348 www.stagtheatre.org/reservations