And they're making a fool of themselves on my behalf and I find that immensely heartening. Such criticism I've seen of the play is that I have put myself into it too obviously — and that I am Posner. That is essentially the ideological battleground of the play. The phrase actually comes from George Steiner — I asked his permission to use it — and it comes from his latest book called Lessons of the Masters. They look back to an age when their parents, or maybe their grandparents, could recite verse. Before we actually started rehearsal, we had a read-through of the play in rough draft so that I could see how it did or didn't work, and then I could go back and do another draft.
Hector for groping his pupils. In this way, Irwin is the most progressive of the boys' two teachers, even though he is willing to help the boys prepare for their examinations while Hector finds the Oxbridge ritual to be outdated. So slightly reluctantly I rewrote the part. And now, we're told, women in droves. In 1980s Britain, a group of young men at Cutlers' Grammar School all have the brains, and the will to earn the chance of getting accepted in the finest universities in the nation, Oxford and Cambridge. Other times, the characters state it directly.
The Himmler of the Accessions Desk. Some of us even have them. Hector doesn't believe in results-based education; he teaches for the sake of teaching. Broadway The American premiere of the play took place on 23 April 2006 when the same National production opened on at the. Young People Irwin shows that he becomes fond of the boys and wants them to do well, so he uses his methods of teaching to give them as much support as possible for their examinations and interviews. It was directed by , who directed the original production at the in London, and features the original cast of the play. Q Is one of the boys more you than any of the other boys? However Irwin always seems in denial of his sexuality and this could be due to the period, as it would not have been acceptable.
Nick was then on Private Passions, on Radio 3, and I listened to this thinking he would talk about his early experience with Barbirolli. Irwin, unlike Hector, is willing to play the game, so to speak, and do what he can to help the boys get into Oxford and Cambridge. This is because Hector thinks that using revered literature for the practical purpose of answering in exam question is disrespectful to the hallowed tradition. I wish I could, but I can't see myself in him. It seems ironic of Bennett that Posner confides in him about his sexuality and this scene could be interpreted as a warning from Posner to leave Dakin for him or protect his dignity and not be like Hector? But people do feel that they ought to have this ingrained knowledge of poetry and regret not having it. His attempts to impress the boys subtly reflect his insecurity and this is confirmed in the scene between him and Dakin in which he? By kind permission of Ray Henderson Music Inc and Redwood Music Ltd care of Carlin Music Corp. My mother could recite very garbled and over-dramatised bits of poetry she'd learnt at school.
He is no longer a sixth former trying to con his former teacher into having a drink with him out of gratitude. And that is where they belong and like the other components of the heart not to be defiled by being trotted out to order. The play is intellectually even-handed. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours. Irwin participates in the scenario, adding that Dakin has been wounded in battle and is now suffering from shell-shock. Lintott is set up to be the but is very nice and the most stable teacher, so to speak.
So a play is much more of a co-operative enterprise. Hector has an old-fashioned faith in the redemptive power of words. Archived from on 9 February 2007. I'm all the boys except for Dakin, the most confident boy. The boys quickly conjure up a lie to appease the startled Headmaster, claiming to be play-acting a scene that takes place in a World War I military hospital. This is Alan Bennett's way of demonstrating how where you learn can sometimes be worth more than what you learn. Plays are full of ghosts like that, of ideas you've had and then changed, but it's seldom they turn out as happily as this one did.
Dakin uses this as an argument to get Hector his job back. Said in the context of Hector refusing to take another ride with one of his students, this quotation touches upon the idea of sexual desire and swearing off of something that once gave him pleasure. I always loved Barbirolli so that sounded to me wonderful. Is it really enough to know literature by heart, or does literature provide us with something more practical? Irwin has a different style of teaching to Hectors, he does not educate the boys, but he teaches them how to write essays and how to pass their exams. He thinks that the system as a whole is unjust and should be updated to put all students are on equal footing. The character of Hector was based on the schoolmaster and author 1900—1975. The headmaster's interest in Fiona is treated analogously, but doesn't quite fit the trope.
I realise that Hector laying hands on the boys would be totally different if they were much younger, but these are all 17-, 18-year-olds. Actors are brave creatures really: they don't mind making a fool of themselves. He also cannot articulate the specific use of these quotations - he just wants the students to respect them and to pass their knowledge on. In the play it's just depressing. 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 , is hired to introduce a rather more cynical and ruthless style of teaching. Alan Bennett also wrote the teleplay for this filmed production. That came as a surprise to me when I saw it rehearsed.
He is not displeased by Posner's attention, but finds himself increasingly interested in Irwin. Mrs Lintott also tries to convey this message to Irwin. Most directors would be nervous of having somebody there who chips in. He has become disillusioned with teaching, he suppresses his homosexual desires, and he is in an emotionally distant marriage with a woman. The production closed on 14 April 2007. Education What do other characters think of Irwin? So, just as happens in the play, events took us by surprise.