Life Lessons (2013)
Lighting Design, The Watermill Theatre
Written by Beth Flintoff
Directed by Beth Flintoff
Design by Libby Todd
Lighting Design by Nick Flintoff
Photography by Philip Tull
It’s the last day of term at Ackland College and Headteacher Geoffrey Winterton just wants to get through the final day in one piece. But the orchestra keeps practising outside his office, his Head of Maths seems about to have a meltdown, and the Year 7s have staged a protest about a dead snake called Eugene.
Meanwhile in the Girls’ Boarding House, fifteen year old Maddy has been peacefully asleep and snoring for nearly twenty four hours. Her baffled room-mate Laura has even tried playing Elton John at full volume, but she still won’t budge. And Maddy has an important coursework deadline, so Laura does the only sensible thing she can think of - she pretends nothing has happened.
And somewhere on the A349, about fifteen miles away, a School Inspector drives relentlessly towards Ackland College, with a file full of complaints…
The Senior Youth Theatre brings you a hilarious and insanity-tinged insight into those final days at school.