Sydenham High School has outdone themselves with their recent production starring Year 10, 11 and Sixth form students in the comedy 'Education, Education, Education'. The play was performed on the 7th-9th Februrary and directed by the head of the Drama department, receiving great reviews. Filled with laughs, intensity and lots of dancing, the production was a huge hit.

"I have been a teacher since the 1990s and the play took me right back to those euphoric days when so much seemed hopeful in education following the Labour Party victory. I thought this adaptation beautifully encapsulated the era and the whole cast acted brilliantly with excellent humour and comedic timing," applauds Ailsa Chapman.

'Education, Education, Education' was originally written by The Wardrobe Ensemble, set after Tony Blair won the election in May 1997 in a local secondary school. However, things are not going smoothly. Teachers have no control over their classes, Year 11 muck-up day is well under way and Emily has been removed from the history trip, much to her discontent.

Sydenham High students began rehearsals in early October and enjoyed the process throughout. Isabella Dutton, who played the role of teacher Paul McIntyre, says: "It's been great to be back in the theatre after Covid disruptions and so thrilling to act alongside such talented people that I have taken inspiration and learned so much from."

Eimear Coyle, who played the role of schoolboy Tom Brennan, says: "The main obstacle we came across was having to perform two back to back shows in one evening. The ensemble and some cast members had to perform in both shows. However, with a committed cast we overcame these difficulties and delivered four very successful shows!"