As a political commentary about how some of society’s most important and hard-working individuals—teachers—are systematically undervalued and overlooked, Chalkface succeeds. However, as a comedy—which the play is marketed as—Chalkface is a disappointment.
The script is not subtle in its moralising about facts versus art, but it is effective. STC’s marketing evoked Aaron Sorkin, which is an apt comparison. Jim is agonisingly pedantic about the facts, and John is a pretentious egotist. Neither of them are fully likeable, and neither are 100% right or wrong— the writers let you decide where you fall. Jim and John’s battle is the clash of pragmatism and high-mindedness, a battle against what is correct, and what is dramatically compelling.
“I regard theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being” –Oscar Wilde Live theatre is an important part of society as its unique, temporary and engaging format provides an experience like…
Set often ends up unnoticed in theatrical productions. For the inexperienced theatre-goer, set’s often ignored and unappreciated. As I’ve developed my knowledge and understanding of theatre, I’ve come to appreciate all aspects of it. STC’s recent productions of Endgame and Jumpy, both used set, lighting and sound to establish the mood, and enhance the actor’s performance….