29 August-14 September 2014@Setagaya Public Theatre
18-21 September@Morinomiya Piloti Hall
The play opens in Cutlers’ Grammar School, Sheffield, a fictional boys’ grammar school in the north of England. Set in the early 1980s, the play follows a group of history students preparing for the Oxford and Cambridge entrance examinations under the guidance of three teachers (Hector, Irwin, and Lintott) with contrasting styles. Hector, an eccentric teacher, delights in knowledge for its own sake but the headmaster ambitiously wants the school to move up the academic league table; Irwin, a supply teacher, is hired to introduce a rather more cynical and ruthless style of teaching; and Lintott, a lower-form history teacher, who is very good at giving a factual grounding in history. Hector is discovered sexually fondling a boy and later Irwin’s latent homosexual inclinations emerge.
A handsome student who is the object of Posner’s & Irwin’s affection.