by Chris Woodley
directed by Andrew Beckett
1 hr 15 minutes
From 21 August
“I am going to talk about homosexuality in my lesson Val. Because you stand there saying that we aren’t allowed to, when really… I think you don’t like gay people.”
The laugh-out-loud, thoughtful and inventive Next Lesson charts 18 years in the life of a fictional South London school.
In 1988, 14 year old Michael comes out as gay. Later he returns as a teacher. In the background: the notorious Section 28 of Thatcher’s Local Government Act, which prohibited schools from “promoting homosexuality”.
Next Lesson is Chris Woodley’s much-praised play about being gay at school: male and female, staff and students. It was first staged in a sell-out run at the Pleasance Theatre. Enjoy Andrew Beckett’s brand new production.