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The Headmaster

by

James Sherriffs

To be read by awl on Monday 4th October 2004

 

It's Summer term at Kings Owen public school for boys.

Is a tinder box of tyranny and tradition about to burn as the white heat of progress blows in it's face? It's civil war as Charles Foster, the headmaster takes on Oliver Presley, the head of the Parents and Teachers Association in a modern interpretation of a very salutary tale.

 

Charles Foster
Headmaster at Kings Owen
Aged 50+
A commanding figure who carries his authority with grace but becomes increasingly diminished as the play progresses
Brendan Gregory
Oliver Presley
Darren Presley's father and instigator of the Parents & Teachers Association.
Age 45-50
A self-serving tabloid journalist driven by vanity and greed.
Andrew Heart
Jean Ryan
Age 60+
Head of Latin. Full-on, feisty and Foster's second in command.
Stephanie Connell
Phil Turner
PE teacher
Age 25-30
A young idealist deluded by the opportunities change has to offer.
Neil Herriot

Henry Cork
Chemistry teacher
Aged 60+
A curmudgeonly old traditionalist who'll have no truck with change

Simon Fisher-Becker
Matron
Age 35-40
A carping liberal for whom the words 'democracy' and 'political correctness' were invented.
Liz Felton
Claire Kerry
Biology teacher
Aged 25-30
Hides her reforming zeal beneath a bushell of girlyness. Latterly Phil Turner's girlfriend
Wendy Woodbridge
Tom Gaines
Pupil
Aged 15+
A sometimes boisterous fellow but with a good heart
Ben Lloyd-Hughes
Darren Presley
Pupil
Aged 16+
A viperous bully of indeterminate sexuality
Henry Lloyd Hughes
Bomber Harris
English Teacher
A quiet, enigmatic man concealing a murky past beneath a docile exterior
Paul Antony-Barber

Directed by

Joshua Le Touzel

 

 

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