No More Workhorse were invited to a preview of Class, which opens tonight as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. We were allowed a ‘first look’ at the play and will review it later in the run.
Photo by Ros Kavanagh
As you may have guessed, the setting for this play is a classroom. It is after school and Ray is correcting homework at his desk when he hears someone at the door. It is Brian, the father of one of his pupils. Ray has requested Brian and his wife Donna to come to the school to talk about their son. The two men have an awkward conversation while they wait for Brian’s wife to arrive. Ray seems to be a good teacher and takes a keen interest in his pupils. When Donna arrives the three sit and Ray delivers some difficult news to the parents.
This is a new play written and directed by Iseult Golden and David Horan. The play has a strong cast with Stephen Jones, who is well known from his time in Love/ Hate. Will O’Connell plays the conscientious and intense teacher Ray and seems well suited for the part. Sarah Morris was a new name to me, but captured the complexity of Donna well.
The play uses Stephen Jones and Sarah Morris in two roles each, with the parents changing into children at regular intervals. This allows the audience to see how Ray performs as a teacher. This is an interesting device and adds another layer of complexity to proceedings, breaking up the intensity of the earlier scenes with some humour.
The play is about more than one type of class, as it deals with social or economic class. The two parents see themselves as from a lower stratum than the teacher and their conversation becomes tainted with anger from a perceived patronising tone. It is a complex and interesting piece of writing and should be well worth seeing during the festival. Class opens tonight (Sept 28th) at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght.
Cast and Creative Team
Written and Directed by Iseult Golden and David Horan
Cast: Stephen Jones, Sarah Morris and Will O’Connell
Set and Costume Design: Maree Kearns
Lighting Design: Kevin Smith
Information and Tickets
Venue: Civic Theatre, Loose End Studio
Previews: Sept 26 & 27, 8.15pm
Dates: Sept 28–30, 8.15pm
Venue: The New Theatre
Dates: Oct 3–6 & 10–13, 7.30pm, Oct 7 & 14, 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Oct 8, 2.30pm
Duration: Approx. 75 mins. No interval.