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Fun and Games with the History Boys

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The Hisotry Boys at the Artscape
Set in a England high school in the 1980s, Alan Bennett's internationally acclaimed drama chronicles the final school year of eight clever young British students in pursuit of sex, sport, and admission into Oxford or Cambridge.

Two teachers become rivals for the hearts and minds of the boys in this hilarious and provocative play that explores the anarchy of adolescence and the politics of education. Packed with superb one-liners, the group of mostly working class boys prepare for the entrance exams that will determine whether or not they will gain entrance to the elite world of Oxford and Cambridge. They lack a certain urban, middle-to-upperclass sophistication, and their school is trying to erase these inequalities as they vie for entrance to the schools that will change their lives.

Arguments abound about interpretations of history, the role of social class and politics, and about the true meaning of education as the play homes in on staffroom rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence.

The History Boys has, amongst others, won a Tony Award for Best Play and Olivier Award for Best New Play.

Venue: Theatre on the Bay, Victoria Rd, Camps Bay. Tel: (021) 438 3300.
Price: R80 - R150
Performances: 12 Jul - 6 Aug 2011
Genre: Drama

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