Two teachers tell all, an expose, Blackboard Theatre UK presents 'Special Measures'
Two young teachers were set to return to the stage with their play ‘Special Measures’ after a sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe August 2019. However, Blackboard Theatre’s show will go on via a live video recording of a cast read through.
Blackboard Theatre started a short UK tour in Middlesbrough but unfortunately the tour was cut short. The play depicts what life is really like as a teacher and is written by secondary drama teacher and playwright, Dean Osgood and primary school teacher and playwright, Molly Atkinson.
Their heart-warming play “Special Measures” explores why more teachers are leaving the profession than ever before just as the Minister for Education denies any responsibility. It delves into what life is like as a teacher in 2020. Hilarious from start to finish. It features stories and characters centred on the chaotic life of a teacher that you have to see to believe.
Special Measures was a huge success at Buxton Fringe 2019 with a sell-out performance and it gained a 4* review from the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival : ‘This play wonderfully illustrates how kids can be horrible, but also how the moments of watching them grow as people can bring unparalleled joy and pride.’ (Edfringe review)
The pair still have a strong message to share and, having started a new and challenging academic year as teachers, they already have new issues to raise awareness of in their play: ‘Even if you’re already aware of the difficulties facing teachers, this show will powerfully cement just how much of an uphill battle it is to give our kids the education they deserve.’ (Edfringe review).
Since the launch of their campaign, Dean and Molly, have had significant interest gaining sponsorship from ‘Voice’ the trade union for educational professionals and support from Liz McInnes, Labour MP for Heywood and Middleton in Greater Manchester.
Dean said: “I hope that we can shine a spotlight on the difficulties schools are facing with Government cuts, I also hope a key take away is the importance of Arts Education within our school and how it helps develop the Social and Moral compass of our young people, as well as teaching key skills”.
Listings information Venue: Zoom link TBC Dates: Saturday 11th July Time: 18:00 (0hr50) Ticket prices: Voluntary donations Booking Information: eventbrite: Special Measures - A Script Reading by Blackboard Theatre