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Nightwood, Djuna Barnes's strange and sinuous tour de force novel unfolds in the decadent shadows of Europe's great cities, Paris, Berlin, and Vienna....
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Richard Griffiths, Clive Merrison, and Frances de la Tour star as part of the National Theatre cast. At a boys' grammar school in Sheffield, eight boys are being coached for the Oxbridge entrance exams. It is the mid-eighties, and the main concern of the unruly bunch of bright sixth-formers is getting out, starting university and starting life.
At the heart of The History Boys are four characters, each with contrasting outlooks on teaching and school: Hector, an eccentric English teacher with no interest in exams; Irwin, a young supply teacher who sees history as "entertainment"; Mrs. Lintott, a traditionalist, who teaches "history, not histrionics"; and a Headmaster obsessed with results. Described as "the richest play Bennett has ever written" (Financial Times), staff-room rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence collide in an intensely moving and thought-provoking play.
Winner of the Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics' Circle, and South Bank Show Awards for Best New Play.
"A superb, life-enhancing play." (Guardian)
"Intensely moving as well as thought-provoking and funny." (Daily Telegraph)
I had the great privilege of playing the part of Irwin once and this audio book helped me with all the lines and embedded my love for the story. it's a shame that Stephen Campbell More couldn't be in this audio book but all the rest of the cast are original. I love this play but what I love even more if that I discover something new and something funny each time I listen to it.
Alan Bennett and along with this amazing cast and production share their craft at its best
Most moving story. Can't stop listening again and again. Laugh or cry, love, faith, trust, ttuth, career or education - you choose.
This radio adaptation was beautifully adapted from the original play with very few changes from the script so nothing is lost. Having the original cast, save for Irwin, was the perfect choice as all the actors created their characters and made them each special. I recommend this to anyone and everyone. A magnificent piece of writing.
class discussion - not WHAT happened but what MIGHT have happened
Downloaded because I am shortly to perform Irwin at a performance in Halifax next month. It's been an invaluable tool. Have listened to it LOTS!
I just love this. Bennett at his best, and superbly acted, directed, and produced. Couldn't be better.
So good!! This is at least the second time of listening. The cast in the audio recording are the London west end cast... Spook good :)
If you could sum up The History Boys (Dramatised) in three words, what would they be?
Coming of age
What did you like best about this story?
The interactions between the boys and the teachers and the way in which education is depicted.
Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?
Dakin - a very cocky, arrogant young man!
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It definitely made me want to cry in places.
What made the experience of listening to The History Boys (Dramatised) the most enjoyable?
Very well written and performed. Excellent.
Any additional comments?
Worth a listen. Sometimes dramatisations can be confusing but this works very well