2.7 (3) · New Writing

'God. I hate classrooms. Give me the heebie jeebies. Even still.'

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30 April 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Class and socio-economic disadvantage is something that British theatre is dissecting at the moment, even as it squirms about its own lack of working class voices. The Bush sits in an area of London where there are some of the country’s most expensive houses and some of the greatest deprivation. So, it will be intriguing to see what it does with Iseult Golden and David Horan’s Irish play, set in a classroom which becomes a microcosm of society. It focuses on estranged parents Brian and Donna who have been called in to talk to the teacher about their son who is falling behind. This is an entertaining and sharply observed piece about feeling small in front of the teacher and how past failures infect present expectations.”


Brian and Donna’s son, Jayden, is nine years old, and he’s struggling. That’s what his teacher says. Mr McCafferty thinks Jayden should see a psychologist. But Brian and Donna never liked school, never liked teachers.

So are they going to trust this one?

And should they?

CLASS is a “hugely entertaining” (Irish Times) and “emotionally explosive” (Mail on Sunday) confrontation over learning difficulties, love and entitlement. Side-splittingly funny and beautifully observed, with rave reviews, a sold-out run at the Abbey Theatre and a Fringe First Award from Edinburgh, CLASS is new Irish writing at its finest.

Critic reviews

Https:// in this play feels fully fleshed out – from the characters to the questions it raisesath-of-a-salesman-review


A funny and affecting 95 minutes

The Upcoming

Education highlights the gulf between the haves and have-nots

Evening Standard

A brilliant exploration of working class experience, from a specific cultural viewpoint

Broadway World

An exciting and evocative piece of new theatre

West End Wilma

Date & time

Show ended
Tue 7 May - Sat 1 Jun, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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