Five Reasons Why (I Quit Teaching)
Local playwright Paul Gosling is producing a new comedy play at next year's Leicester Comedy Festival based on some of his experiences as a special needs teacher in Leicester over the last 20 years. Paul formed his own theatre company, Crooked Hand Productions, back in 2012 with another ex-teacher, Carolos Dandolo. The pair met whilst teaching at a local special needs college and they soon started collaborating on school productions before deciding to work together outside of their day jobs. Since then, they have taken their shows to the Edinburgh Fringe and performed at local festivals. Their show at last year's Leicester Comedy Festival, Massive Number 2, was a sell-out.
I resisted writing about my career in teaching this long because I was still involved as a classroom teacher until last year. Having left the profession, it seemed a good time to do it and I have to say it was the easiest play I've ever written as most of it was based on real events!
Paul was the NUT rep at his school for many years:
There is a scene in the play that I'm sure union members - especially reps - will identify with, but no spoilers!
As for the title itself, it's self-explanatory, but hopefully not only those involved in teaching will recognise those reasons, but people outside of the profession will start to understand better the pressures on staff. Having said all that, it IS a comedy!
The show is on at The Haywood Studio, The Little Theatre, Dover St, Leicester LE1 6PW on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st February 2018 at 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm). There is an interval and the show ends at 9.00pm. Box Office: 0116 255 1302.
The show continues at LCB Depot Lightbox on Thursday 22nd, Thursday 23rd and Saturday 24th February 2018 at 9.30pm. There is an interval and the show ends at 11.00pm. Box Office: 0116 456 6812. All tickets: £6.