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THEATRE
Bruiser Theatre Company presents

TEECHERS

25th February 2024
Time: 20:00
Tickets: £18 / £15 / £10

Fast-moving, inventive and highly entertaining, Teechers is John Godber’s brilliant take on life at a modern Comprehensive. 

Through their hilarious end-of-term play, three Year 11s exuberantly sketch the new drama teacher’s progress through two terms of recalcitrant classes, cynical colleagues and obstructive caretakers. Disillusioned, he departs for the safe waters of a private school, and leaves behind his students, whose youthful irreverence gives way to despair. 

Brought to the stage by Bruiser Theatre Company with high energy, break-neck comedy and breathtaking ensemble performances, Teechers is a modern classic with something vital to say about education for the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’

Tickets are priced as follows:

  • £18 for adults (Full price)
  • £15 for senior citizens
  • £10 for students (or 'Teechers') 

 


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Bruiser Theatre Company 

Founded in 1997 and based in Belfast, Bruiser Theatre Company is Northern Ireland’s foremost physical theatre company. We're committed to providing high quality theatre experiences for our audiences in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and further afield. 

We use minimal set for maximum impact, whilst further exploring the notion of the actor as the centre of the action, enforcing them as the main mechanism of performance. This approach is echoed in all of our productions, and is the central artistic premise in all our work. 

We exist to excite, engage, and inspire through our unique brand of physical theatre. We create international quality shows, by and for the people of Northern Ireland, provide essential professional development opportunities for young people and create an environment in which artists can fulfil their creative potential. 

Inspiring the next generation of talent is a core part of our vision. Bruiser’s dynamic physical theatre practice is studied on the curriculum by secondary schools across Northern Ireland. Bruiser works closely with a range of students and teachers at Key Stages 3, 4, and 5 to make theatre accessible and inspire more young people to actively engage with the arts. We're dedicated to providing training and development opportunities to young actors through our education and outreach programmes.

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Cast

Nuala McGowan

Nuala studied at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She is an actor/singer/musician and puppeteer with great comic timing. Her previous work includes: 'The Night Before Christmas' (The MAC Theatre); 'The Velveteen Rabbit' (Spinning Wheel Theatre);  'Teechers', 'Cooking With Elvis' and 'The Caucasian Chalk Circle' (Bruiser Theatre Company); Rough Girls (Lyric Theatre Belfast); 'Three's a Shroud' (GBL Productions); 'King Henry V' (Lazarus Theatre Company); 'The Snow Queen' (Anton Benson Productions). Film credits include: 'The Power' (Air Street Films/Altitude Films) and 'Rhonna and Donna' (Creative England/Dan Films/ BFI).

Mary McGurk

Mary McGurk studied at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Theatre Includes: Rhino (Tinderbox Theatre Co), The Play That Goes Wrong UK TOUR (Mischief Theatre), Scarecrow Walk, The Elf’s Christmas Emporium (Cahoots NI), UnSmart Home (Three’s Theatre Co), Thaw, Coco, Tribe, Dancing at The Disco, Crossing The Lines (Replay Theatre Company) Fallen Women, A Walk in the Park, Playboy of the Western World, The Crucible (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), The Right Twig (Fighting Words at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast) 1984, Alice in Wonderland (Escapade Theatre Company). TV Includes: Marcella S3 (ITV/NETFLIX), My Left Nut (BBC) Dancing at The Disco (Replay-Childrens Festival). Short Film Includes: Jeggies (Farset Films), Forever, Fractured (Funky Buddha Productions) Your Number's Up (Big Hug Productions) Sweets for Strangers (Public Solitude)

Chris Robinson

Theatre includes: Frankenstein’s Monster is Drunk And The Sheep Have All Jumped The Fences (Lyric and Off-Broadway, NYC), Callings (Kabosh), Department Story (Big Telly/ BIAF), Brendan At The Chelsea (Lyric Theatre and Off-Broadway, NYC), Over The Bridge (Finborough, London), Beckett Trilogy(Poet’s Theatre, Boston/ MAC, Belfast), The Tempest ( Creation Theatre, Oxford), Bouncers (Mac, Belfast), About Time (Warwick Arts Centre), On The Shelf & Xmas For Dummies (Grand Opera House,Belfast), Forget Turkey, Forget Turkey II (Lyric Theatre), Carthaginians (Irish Tour), The Importance Of Being Earnest (MAC, Belfast/ Bruiser). TV and Film includes Blue Lights (Two Cities/ BBC), Hope Street (Long Story/ BBC) Faith Of Our Fathers (EWTN), The Lovers(Sky/ AMC), Dalgliesh (Acorn/ Channel 5), Derry Girls (Hat Trick/ Channel 4), Counsel (BBC), Stranger With A Camera (Orlagh George).

 

Creative Team

John Godber- Playwright

John Godber was born the son of a Miner in Upton, West Yorkshire. He trained as a Teacher of Drama at Breton Hall College. When Teechers was written, John Godber had already had a large amount of success with productions of his plays. He had recently left his job as the Head of Drama at Minsthorpe Community School, where he won every major award at the National Student Drama Festival between 1981 and 1983, to become Artistic Director of Hull Truck Theatre Company.

John was the Artistic Director of Hull Truck Theatre Company for 26 years, taking it from bankruptcy in 1984 to its new home in a £15 million theatre in 2010. In 2011, he set up The John Godber Company with his playwright wife, Jane, and formed a partnership with Theatre Royal Wakefield to produce two tours of his work each year. Since then his plays have continued to tour the UK and have been seen by over 40,000 people. Like Bruiser, the John Godber Company believes in putting the artist at the centre of the theatrical creative process.

John’s plays are performed often across the world. He has the distinction of being one of the most performed writers in the English language. He has won numerous awards for his plays, including a Laurence Olivier Award and seven Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards.

Lisa May- Director

Lisa May is the Artistic Director and Founder of Bruiser Theatre Company. Established in 1997, Bruiser produces innovative live performance, combining text and physical theatre techniques. Lisa coined Bruiser’s artistic policy of “minimum set for maximum impact”. Her style of direction focuses on the actors' ability to engage the audience, without relying on elaborate sets, costume and lighting. Over the last 25 years Lisa has directed all but one of Bruiser’s productions, most notably Cabaret at The MAC; The 39 Steps at The Lyric Theatre and Bruiser’s NI and ROI tour of Lady Windermere’s Fan.

 

James C McFetridge- Lighting Designer

James has been working as a lighting designer for over twenty years. His earliest designs were in the Lyric Theatre and included Stones in his Pockets, which he re-lit twice in the West End (Ambassadors Theatre, Duke of York Theatre) and then on Broadway (John Golden Theatre, New York). His design was also used in various Irish, UK, US and World tours. He has had one other West End show (Alone it Stands, Duchess Theatre), and has lit shows in Canada, Australia, Russia and New York, and his designs have toured all across the UK and Ireland. He has lit many of Bruiser’s recent shows, including: The Collen Bawn, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The 39 Steps, Playhouse Creatures, and Cabaret. Other recent lighting designs include: Brendan at the Chelsea (Acorn Theatre, New York); Can’t Forget About You (Tron Theatre, Glasgow); In The Name of the Son, (Green Shoot Productions), Dracula, The Dark of the Moon (Lyric Theatre); Under The Hawthorn Tree, The Elves and the Shoemaker (Cahoots NI); Cinderella, The Frozen Princess, The History of the Peace (GBL Productions); Cats (SSE Arena).

 

Louise Dunne- Set & Costume Designer

Lou Dunne is a Masters Graduate with Distinction from the Lir Academy of Performing Arts. She is a full time freelance set & costume designer for stage and film. Her recent work featured in the Dublin Fringe Festival and closer to home here in Belfast at The MAC. Lou's approach to design and her style, gives freedom to the actors and Director to play with and within their imagined world. She often takes one singular tangible item which serves as metaphor and grounding for the entire piece and builds the design upon this. A background in art education and graphic design underlines her understanding of communication and the importance of engagement with each audience.

Rory Casey- Production Manager

 

Jordan Nelson- Stage Manager

Jordan Nelson graduated from Southampton Solent University in 2016, working as a Stage Manager since. Most recently working as Production Manager on ‘The Man Who Swallowed a Dictionary’ and Stage Manager for Bruiser Theatre Company’s all Ireland tour of ‘Mojo Mickeybo’ (May - June 2023).  He has been the Company Stage Manager at Cabaret Supperclub for several years working with Cabaret, singing, drag, burlesque and tribute performances both as a Stage Manager and technician. He has worked with a variety of theatre companies with credits including: ‘I AM MAURA’, ‘The Shop at The Top of the Town’ at Theatre at the Mill, The Lyric: Young Playwrights’ and ‘A Simple Journey’.

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