A Gala Theatre Production
Directed by Tom Wright
Designed by Hannah Sibai
Three school leavers, Salty, Hobby and Gail, decide to perform an end of term tribute about their time in secondary school. Telling the hilarious story of an idealistic new teacher in his perilous first days inside a local comprehensive school, their play is based on their own drama teacher who ignites their passion for the stage with his idealism and belief.
This fast-moving and entertaining comedy is hugely evocative for anyone who has endured life at a modern secondary school. Teechers brings to life the school bully, feared by teachers and pupils alike; Barry, the kid who never brings his PE kit; and the Headmistress, whose main priority is the annual Gilbert and Sullivan production. The teachers are as ambivalent and mixed-up as the kids, and everyone’s counting down the days until they can get out.
Following recent successes with Educating Rita, Talking Heads and Two, Gala are delighted to be bringing this witty and well observed play to the stage.
John Godber is the third most performed playwright in the UK, behind William Shakespeare and Alan Ayckbourn, and best known for his observational comedy (Bouncers, Up n’ Under). Written in 1984 and first performed by the Hull Truck Theatre Company, Teechers is still thoroughly modern, and as fresh and relevant as when it was created.
‘observationally brilliant and endearingly lyrical.’ Manchester Evening News
Sarah is thrilled to be returning to the Gala theatre again after spending a sparkling festive season as Miranda the Mirror in Snow White and even more recently as Mrs Linde in the Ibsen classic A Dolls House.
Sarah is a North East actor, whose theatre credits include The Great Joe Wilson (Wisecrack productions), The Secret Earl of Biddick (Washington Arts Centre), Rainbird (The Exchange, North Shields), The Twelve Pound Look (Hangfire Theatre), Bankers (Alphabetti), Barnaby Rudge (Northumberland Theatre Company), Jack and The Beanstalk (Gala Theatre), The Dolly Mixtures (Customs House), Catherine Cookson’s The Cinder Path, and Waiting For Gateaux (Ion Productions).
A professional actor living and working in the region, Louis originally hails from Teesside and is a graduate of Northumberland Theatre Company’s InterACT scheme. Previous shows include Apples and Peter Pan (Northern Stage), The Machine Gunners (Customs House), Dracula the Travesty, Beauty and the Beast and The Comedy of Errors (Northumberland Theatre Company).
After recently finishing a Christmas tour, Louis has been taking a bit of a break from professional face pulling and getting to grips with life behind the scenes in the theatre world, training under Gillian Hambleton at Northumberland Theatre Company as Associate Director, but when the opportunity to audition for a show like Teechers came along, he jumped at the chance.
Mahsa Hammat Bahary
Currently based in Newcastle, actor Mahsa trained at Project A, an intensive acting course at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal. During the course, she appeared as Michelle Russell in Herons, as well as various parts in Bluebird, Debris and Much Ado About Nothing. Since graduation last year she has appeared as the lead role of Farida in regional short film Falling and has been a part of a Theatre in Education tour throughout the North East. When not performing, Mahsa is an avid baker and cake decorator.
Monday 6 May
Saturday 11 May
7.30pm (Monday-Saturday, excluding Wednesday), 1.00pm (Tuesday and Thursday), 6.00pm (Wednesday)
£10 - £16