Bell Rings For ‘Teechers’ At The Customs House

Written by on 15th February 2018

A timeless comedy set in the classrooms of a struggling school is coming to The Customs House.

Teechers was written by John Godber in 1984 and first performed by The Hull Truck Theatre Company at the 1987 Edinburgh Festival.

Blackeyed Theatre is reviving the play for a third time, following its highly-acclaimed productions in 2013 and 2015, with a 47-date UK tour.

It arrives at The Customs House for two nights on Thursday, February 22, and Friday, February 23, with performances starting at 7.30pm.

Teechers is a fast-moving comedy where three actors play more than 20 different characters in a play within a play.

Featuring breathtaking ensemble performances and a bang up-to-date soundtrack, Teechers brings to life an array of terrifying teachers and hopeless pupils through the eyes of Salty, Gail and Hobby, three Year 11 pupils about to leave school for good.

They perform a play about their experiences at school since the arrival of a new drama teacher, the idealistic and unsuspecting Mr Nixon.

Crammed full of unforgettable characters, political left-hooks and razor-sharp comedy, Teechers is more relevant today than ever, a modern classic with something vital to say about education for the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’.

Director Adrian McDougall said: “I can promise audiences a brilliant evening’s entertainment, lots of laughs as well as one or two genuinely touching moments.

“In the light of recent comments made by government ministers about the importance of arts in education, the messages contained in the play are more pertinent than ever.”

He added: “Although written in 1984, our version is very much set in 2018, a time defined by social media, cheap celebrity and the uncertainty of ‘Brexit’.

“Young or old, I think audiences will recognise some if not all the characters in the play from their own school days.”

Adrian McDougall directs Jake Addley (Salty), Nicole Black (Gail) and Rosalind Seal (Hobby) in a production choreographed by Scott Jenkins.

The artistic team includes Victoria Spearing (set design), Charlotte McClelland (lighting design) and Naomi Gibbs (costume design).

Tickets for Teechers are priced from £17 and available from the box office on (0191) 454 1234 or online at It is recommended for ages 12 and above.

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