Robert Readman’s (73-80) latest offering from his theatre company Pick Me Up Theatre is a school-themed double-bill featuring Alan Bennett’s ‘The History Boys’ and Willy Russell’s musical ‘Our Day Out’. Both productions are to be performed at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York in February.
Voted the “nation’s favourite play” and hailed as “life-enhancing” when it first opened at the National Theatre, ‘The History Boys’ is set in a Northern town in the late 1980s and tells the story of eight boys who are being groomed for Oxbridge by Hector, the eccentric English master. He teaches the boys poetry that he hopes will prepare them for the ‘long littleness of life’.
The play is directed by OP Robert together with another former Pocklington student, Will Campbell-Burrell (12-14), as Musical Director. Will also plays the role of one of the history boys, Akthar, alongside other cast members including current Pocklington student Sam Hird as Scripps and OP Riley Anderson (07-13) as Crowther.
Robert is also Director of the musical ‘Our Day Out’ which is running alongside performances of ‘The History Boys’. It was a massive TV hit when it was originally written in 1976 – and in 2009 Willy Russell re-worked the script and added some fantastic songs to create ‘Our Day Out – The Musical’. Current Pocklington pupil Billy Ibbotson and former Lyndhurst pupil Jack Armstrong (08-11) are amongst the cast.
A very funny and heart-warming story, Mrs Kay’s Progress Class are all on board and bound for Alton Towers until Mr Briggs gets on board! The destination changes to a zoo in North Wales but there is no stopping the fun on a trip for the class that always gets left behind.
Don’t miss these entertaining productions!
Performance times for ‘The History Boys’ at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre are as follows:
February 20/21/23/25/26 @ 7.30pm and February 28 @ 2.30pm
Performance times for ‘Our Day Out’ also at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre are as follows:
February 21/22 @ 2.30pm and February 24/27/28 @ 7.30pm
All tickets are £12 pay and print directly from pickmeuptheatre.com
Group bookings/reservations ring: 01757288248 or 07761024146
York Theatre Royal Box Office 01904 623568 www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
For more information about current and forthcoming Pick Me Up productions, please visit the website: pickmeuptheatre.com