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  • # Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye, cheerio here I go on my way

  • # Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye, not a tear but a cheer...

  • You should treat us with more respect. We're scholarship candidates now. We're all going

  • in for Oxford and Cambridge, sir.

  • Wash me in steep-down gulfs of liquid fire. I thought all that silliness was finished with.

  • # Singing

  • # Singing

  • And the beauty of it is, the metaphor really fits. I mean, just as moving up to the front-line

  • troops presumably had to pass the sites of previous battles where every inch of territory had

  • been hotly contested. So it is with me, like particularly Fiona's tits which only fell

  • after a prolonged campaign some three weeks ago and to which I now have immediate access,

  • and which were indeed the start line for last night's abortive thrust southwards.

  • The History Boys is a play for everyone who remembers their teenage angst. It's an intriguing

  • and discomforting look at education. It's packed with ambition, desire and determination.

  • They're a likely lot, the boys. All keen, all bright but they need polish. Edge. Your job.

  • I want to get us up there with Manchester Grammar, Haberdashers'

  • Aske's. Leighton Park. Or is that an open prison?

  • We follow a group of teenage boys, being taught to play the system in order to get into Oxford

  • and Cambridge. As you'd expect from Alan Bennett, the whole thing is incredibly witty.

  • Durham was very good for history, it's where I had my first pizza. Other things too, of

  • course, but it's the pizza that stands out.

  • It's also fantastically accessible, and a great introduction to live theatre.

  • You don't always understand poetry? Timms, I NEVER understand poetry. But learn it now,

  • know it now, and you'll understand it whenever. Grief, happiness, even when you're dying.

  • Poetry is the trailer, 'forthcoming attractions!'

  • It's a very very clever play.

  • With respect, can I stop you? No, with any poem or work of art we can never say 'in other words'

  • Yes, sir. That's why it is a work of art in the first place. You can't look at a Rembrandt

  • and say 'in other words', can you sir?

  • We're well into rehearsals now. There's lots of laughter, and a genuine buzz about this

  • production. I hope you can join us for what promises to be a fantastic summer night out

  • at the Mercury Theatre.

  • History is a commentary on the various and continuing incapabilities of men. What is

  • history? History is women following behind with the bucket.

# Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye, cheerio here I go on my way

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