Saturday July 22nd 10pm
The Staff Room examines the life inside a state school staff room. Three teachers. One staff room. But what’s the subject?
Behind closed doors three teachers form an unlikely friendship. Bonding over fad diets, Instagram abs and the government’s impending sugar tax – in this school it’s not just the students who have lessons to learn. Sometimes all that matters are biscuits and banter.
One for the Netflix generation, this is a sitcom for the stage speaking about society today through the eyes of its educators. It stars Craig Webb, who appeared on Gary Barlow’s Let It Shine (BBC) earlier this year, Faye Derham and Hilary Murnane. The Staff Room plays a week at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 21-26 August at The Space @ Surgeon’s Hall.
About the writer and director Michelle Payne
Training: PPA & Arts Ed.
Michelle is a writer, director and actress from Essex. Her first play Orchid won two awards at the annual Moors Theatre Awards (Camden Fringe 2015) – Best New Writing & Best Actress.
Credits (Writing): Sad About the Cows, Too Thick For Politics, The Robbing Class, The Staff Room (The Bunker, Theatre N16), Orchid (Moors Theatre & Etcetera Theatre), Hero & Other.
Credits (Directing): The Staff Room (Theatre N16), …And The Award Goes To and Ordinary Days (Ye Olde Rose & Crown) both for The Out Of Work Collective, Hearts & Minds (Queens Theatre Hornchurch). Associate director & choreographer for Split by Emma Pritchard & musical-comedienne Tamar Broadbent (Brighton Fringe).
Michelle is currently understudy Alice in Adventures in Wonderland at The Vaults.
Associate Director Anna Buckmaster
Craig Webb from BBC ‘Let It Shine’
The Staffroom has several Edinburgh fringe previews so go now and catch one! Follow @STAFFROOMplay