Teechers review at Hull Truck
Like a Formula One mechanic tinkering under the bonnet of an already superior vehicle, John Godber has fine-tuned Teechers to perfection.
The play, part of the celebrations for Godber’s 20-year stint at the venue, remains a formidable piece of work. With a few minor updates, it still reinforces several home truths about education and continues to be very funny.
Godber has attracted a good trio in Vicky Binns, Matthew Booth and Jennifer Ness, who cope admirably with the challenge the writer laid down back in his multiple part early days. Binns makes her professional theatrical debut here and, although there would never be the option of easing her way in, is highly impressive throughout and really strikes gold during an Oggy Moxon monologue and as Doug, the grumpy school caretaker.
Following Ness’ introduction as the battleaxe headmistress welcoming the audience to the school concert before the house lights dim, allowing us to focus our attention on Pip Leckenby’s practical classroom setting, the action unfurls at a breakneck pace. Godber certainly knows how to eke the maximum power out of his own words, virtually clobbering people over the head with an onslaught of verbiage and physicality.
Even some years after the fact, the characters within Teechers are still incredibly relevant and the young cast certainly bring their own educational experience to the fore, with Booth’s trendy young drama teacher one of many to be found up and down the country.
Teechers on home territory is an absolute joy. After watching a blast from the past that oozes such high quality, one can only hope that there is plenty more from where this came.
Hull Truck , September 2-4, then touring
- John Godber, who also directs
- Hull Truck Theatre
- Vicky Binns, Matthew Booth, Jennifer Ness
- 1hr 50mins