Theatre (solo show, new writing)

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    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
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The lesson that changed his life. A school in struggle and strife. A government that uses a knife. **** (Scotsman, Stage, List, BroadwayBaby.com, FringeGuru.com, Boyz Magazine). ***** (ScotsGay, for Canoe). 'A born storyteller' (FringeReview.co.uk). Directed by Helen Tennison: 'fierce energy' (Times). 'Loved every minute' (Lindsey Watt, Educational Consultant, OBE).

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Philip Tucker-Bell 88 days ago

BRILLIANT! An amazing spell binding performance. Such a powerful story! You truly deserve the accolades you are getting.

Thank you.

Bailey Jordan Garcia 88 days ago

A beautifully done, thought provoking, solo performance. Would highly recommend.

Cheryl Mcnabb 93 days ago

We need teachers like this! As an educator, I understand the frustration, heartbreak, isolation, hopelessness and resign that every single teacher has felt at some point. But if you are not a teacher then this show will bring insight into what it’s like to step into your own classroom. Teaching is a noble profession that attracts passionate nurturing souls. Support one by attending this show and really listening to what he has to say. Well done!

Alexander Hayward 94 days ago

One of the most emotive and raw performances i've ever seen, a must see. Robert's command of language and the room is profound. The kind of teacher that saves lives, thank you.

Greg 95 days ago

As an educator I just couldn’t not give this a go. So glad I did.

A gripping autobiography of Robert’s inspiration for and experience of teaching performed with verve passion and gusto.

A wee boy inspired by his wonderfully alliterated P1/P2 teacher, Mrs Rhymer who went to China (also told on James O’Brien’s LBC Talk show), becomes a teacher with a drive to inspire and transform.

The shackles of the system, however, restrain this dream to the point Roberts needs to decide to stay or go - a question the audience must vote on.

Rage, vulnerability, passion, and comedy run through this production which pits live against bureaucracy.

If you’ve an interest in education it’s a must.

To borrow from OFSTEAD: “Outstanding”

Mary M. 95 days ago

Such a touching story and performance. So glad I saw this,

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ThreeWeeks (3/5 stars) 83 days ago

The education system has been a contentious topic for a while. Attempting to confront its issues, this personal-political memoir explores one teacher’s love/hate relationship with his career. From Gove to classroom homophobia, we witness his desperation as he tries to influence today’s youth. Although the performance was impassioned and engaging,...

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The List (3/5 stars) 90 days ago

Passionate personal memoir jam-packed full of issues and opinions...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 93 days ago

Matthew Roberts’ solo show, Teach, at theSpace, Surgeons Hall is performance brimming with conviction and energy. He trained as both an actor and a teacher. Here his experiences at the chalk face are combined with his skills as an actor in an explosive critique of the current state of education...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 95 days ago

Matthew Roberts was acclaimed at the Fringe last year for his one-man play Canoe, about a gay couple whose two children died in a canoing accident. His show this year is much more personal - a love letter, polemic, eulogy for his profession: teaching. ...

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ScotsGay (5/5 stars) 98 days ago

This is a blazing comet of a show, illuminating the troubled sky of education in our land. Matthew Roberts, writer and performer here, gives a most intense and soul-baring experience to all present. He is passionate about his calling, about the need to give all that he can to his...

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FringeReview 100 days ago

Vibrant solo show with astute new writing delves into one man’s dilemma about a career he loves, what it becomes and how his life is affected by it. TEACH, is written and performed by Matthew Roberts and directed by Helen Tennison. This dramatic and human 50-minute play is based on...

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