The Art of Teaching Nothing
Free-Rain Theatre Company presents
The Art of Teaching Nothing

22 Oct 2015 to 25 Oct 2015

Young but not naïve teacher Lucy (Glynis Stokes) is hoping to make a difference in her new school, but soon discovers the staffroom is worse than the classroom.

Belittled by conservative teacher and senior slut-shamer Bronwyn (Emma Wood) and ignored by supervisor and ‘innovation’ cheerleader Clara (Elaine Noon), Lucy finds an unlikely friend in the antisocial and all-round offensive Paul (Brendan Kelly).

But Paul knows something no one else does and it goes to the rotten core of the system – a system of suspicious promotions and orders from above.

Add an authority-obsessed teacher with Pokémon toys (Marti Ibrahim); a disgruntled Mandarin teacher who’s forced to teach PE (John Kelly); and a post-retirement and past-caring Maths teacher (Liz Bradley), and the staff room is a hive of cynicism and workplace politics.

That is until an unknown whistle-blower publishes a revealing blog about the school, forcing Principal Julian (Rob de Fries) and his sidekick Deputy George (Arran McKenna) to start a witch hunt. Who would be unsatisfied enough with their job to betray the leadership? Basement interrogations and grappling with the internet ensue.

Featuring uncensored school reports and sex on desks, The Art of Teaching Nothing is unmissable comedy for anyone who ever wondered what went on behind the closed doors of the teacher’s staff room.

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Creatives Cate Clelland Cate Clelland
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Cast Liz Bradley Liz Bradley

Began her theatrical career at Canberra Rep 40 years ago with Ross Macgregor as Artistic Director who later was part of the formation of The Australian Film and Television School and The Actors Studio in Sydney. Has directed and performed for Canberra REP, papermoon, Centrepiece Theatre, Everyman Theatre, The Players Company , The Q and Free Rain. Has won the Critics Circle Award for directing Angels in America, two CAT Awards (best director and best play) for Entertaining Mr Sloane for the Players Co., Best Actress twice at the Wagga Festival that was. Worked extensively with the late Ralph Wilson where she received an education in abstract and classic works. Most recently directed To Kill a Mockingbird for Free Rain. Delighted audiences in A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Jordan Best at The Q, wowed them as Clairee in Steel Magnolias, directed by Jordan Best at REP, and have enjoyed critical acclaim in August Osage County directed by Cate Clelland for Free Rain.

Recently directed Tuesdays with Morrie for the Q Theatre.  Acted in a very successful season of The Crucible earlier this year, followed by Casanova and most recently Much Ado About Nothing, all at Canberra REP.

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