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Producers of last year’s critically acclaimed The Normal Heart are back at Canberra Theatre Centre with Alan Bennett’s – The History Boys. A class of gifted and charming teenage boys are taught by three eccentric teachers as their headmaster pushes them to get accepted into Oxford and Cambridge universities.
This is the latest production from Canberra theatre group – Everyman Theatre. Everyman Theatre was formed in 2007, and since then has been bringing Canberra audiences high quality productions that challenge, inspire, and above all, entertain. There are four shows this weekend – one of which is a sell-out crowd. This local production has been described by multiple critics as “one not to miss”, on the Canberra Theatre calendar.
Alan Bennett’s play took the world by storm when it first opened in 2004, breaking box office records and touring the world. The original production won the Tony Award for ‘Best Play’ in 2006. The play is a perspective on schooling, social-class and sexuality in the 1980s at a British Grammar school.
Whilst the story is not suitable for patrons under the age of 13, it offers entertainment and insight for students and adults in Canberra covering an array of topical issues and concepts.
In addition to the social commentary, the story contains emotional undertones on a familiar period in life, when we transition into adulthood. The story deals largely with the variety of circumstances and consequences that arise for the students, and their teachers.
One central theme is the debate in education, of preparing students for what is likely to occur in their future vs. simply giving students the tools to perform well in examinations. Integrity, desire and drive prove to be the essential characteristics for these future leaders.
Directed by Christopher Zuber and Jarrad West of Everyman Theatre. Performances will be in The Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre Centre. Running from September 2-16. Bookings: 6275 2700 or at canberratheatrecentre.com.au.