Bad Teacher

Theatre (comedy, solo show)

  • Underbelly, Bristo Square - Daisy
  • 14:45
  • Aug 18-29
  • 45 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: The Queens of Cups
  • Warnings and additional info: Discussion of body hatred, suicide, sex, comic description of bodily injury, depiction of warfare, loud noises, flashing lights, reference to drug use, swearing and hardcore drum and bass.
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


The Queens of Cups draw upon their years teaching, in OffFest nominee Bad Teacher. Evie, our titular teacher, takes you with her as she battles through the school day, confronting audiences with eye-opening truths about gender politics, mental health, and the outrageous expectations that our current educational system sets for students and teachers alike. 'The play is fast-paced and crude, but also allows us to see the person behind the job, and the vulnerability of the students. Both performance and direction are perfectly executed, and you couldn’t ask any more from a performer' ***** (

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  • Accessible entry: Queuing will begin outside the venue in the Med Quad courtyard. A staff member will then escort the queue inside
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Jess 35 days ago

This show is the best I have been at Fringe, absolutely loved it. As a teacher myself I could relate to everything she was saying - although you definitely don’t need to be a teacher to enjoy it! The character of Evie is so relatable and likeable you are fully invested on her journey and I didn’t want the show to end. You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, you’ll cry. A perfect balance of comedy, heart-felt moments and being embarrassed on the character’s behalf. A 2-woman operation that is what the Fringe is all about!

Elin 37 days ago

This was hilarious from start to finish!
You don't have to be a teacher to enjoy it either

Dave Hanley 39 days ago

Go and see this! First time on the fringe, small room, high energy and excellent 1 woman performance with great production support!

Leoni Amandin 40 days ago

Such a captivating performance, do not miss!

Michael Burland 42 days ago

This bad teacher has a warm, beating heart. A drama teacher in an English secondary school, Evie is a bit naughty in her spare time. Daytime rave, anyone? What’s wrong with wearing glitter on a Saturday? Like many 20-somethings, Evie is caught between her ever-increasing adult responsibilities and the new freedom to direct her life. She can be as good or bad as she wants and no one can stop her! Except, for better or worse, that she genuinely loves the connections she makes with her students, which means she has to be the mature one, guiding them as best she can.
There are parts of this story that are deeply, truly sad, mirroring the experience of many teachers who can’t fix everything for their pupils. But it reminds me that being a teacher is a calling not for the faint of heart. Teachers are people too, and they deserve our gratitude for every ounce of compassion they give to our children.

Reviewed by Olivia McLaren for The American magazine

Larry Jay Tish 46 days ago

A touching, passionate and funny romp! Erin and Grace are a powerful combo of talent, training and joy. The writing, acting, and direction all deserve a look for a First Fringe Award. Loved it!

Graeme Martin 49 days ago

A lovely simple play that will have you laugh and be in shock. Great acting and direction, this is what the Fringe is all about!

Gyuwon Kim 49 days ago

Hilarious and witty! I thoroughly enjoyed it. You wouldn’t want to miss it!

Marie 53 days ago

Wasn't sure what to expect but this is a brilliant one woman show that covered a range of topics, some funny some serious, that kept me entertained throughout. Would definitely recommend.

Richard Roe 54 days ago

This show is exactly why we come to festival. We had no knowledge or expectations of this, taking pot luck, and we have just left after watching a supremely talented young lady acting her heart out. Brilliant accents, real tears and even a bit of rap. Give this a go and you won’t be disappointed

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One 4 Review (4/5 stars) 38 days ago

Overall, a very enjoyable and entertaining 45 minutes of theatre, in the best traditions of the fringe, and I would highly recommend not playing truant for this one.

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 43 days ago

For sure an entertaining and enjoyable experience

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