Darlington Hippodrome welcomes 1980s comedy with a modern twist


A 1980s classic comedy with a modern twist is making its way to Darlington Hippodrome this Spring.

From Tik Tok to remote learning, the play by John Godber has been updated by the writer to reflect the challenges of students today.

Adrian McDougall, on behalf of Blackeyed Theatre is pleased to share the character portraits for the world premiere UK Tour of Teechers Leavers ’22.

This play is coming to Darlington Hippodrome on March 29 and 30.

The Northern Echo: the core cast of the 1980s Hull Truck Theatre hit is returning for Teechers Leavers '22the core cast of the 1980s Hull Truck Theatre hit is returning for Teechers Leavers ’22 (Image: Blackeyed Theatre)

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Directed by Adrian McDougall, Teechers Leavers ‘22 will star Ciara Morris (The Play That Goes Wrong, Beast Quest) as Gail, Michael Ayiotis (The Sun, The Mountain and Me) as Salty and Terenia Barlow (Bridgerton) as Hobby.

Ciara Morris said: “I am so excited to be a part of the UK Tour of Teechers Leavers ’22 because I’ve always wanted to go on tour with a show, and I’m so glad it’s this one!”

Michael Ayiotis said: “Teechers Leavers ’22 is already the highlight of my year. It’s a great script, then I met the team, and it got even better! And rehearsals have been such a great collaboration that I can’t wait to share this show with everyone who comes to see it!”

Terenia Barlow said: “I am super excited to get Teechers Leavers ’22 on the road!”

The Northern Echo: Teechers returns, but this time with a very modern twistTeechers returns, but this time with a very modern twist (Image: Blackeyed Theatre)

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Teechers Leavers ‘22 is a newly updated version of the ever-popular play by John Godber, brought to stages across the UK by highly acclaimed Blackeyed Theatre.

Teechers Leavers ‘22 is an high-energy comedy that brings to life an array of teachers and pupils through the eyes of Salty, Gail, and Hobby; three Year 11 students facing a scary world with only their imagination.

It’s 2022 at Whitewall, a struggling academy that has failed its Ofsted inspection. The bell’s gone and they can’t afford a new one.

Teechers Leavers ’22 is directed by Adrian McDougall, with assistant direction by Martha Godber, choreography by Scott Jenkins, set design by Victoria Spearing, costume design by Naomi Gibbs, lighting design by Alan Valentine and fight direction by Ronin Traynor.

Tickets for Teechers Leavers ’22 are on sale now: https://www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk/whats-on/Teechers-Leavers-22

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