Review Round Up: Class, Bush Theatre

Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Iseult Golden and David Horan’s play at the Bush Theatre until the 1st June.

(c)Helen Murray

WhatsOnStage: **** “Everything in this play feels fully fleshed out – from the characters to the questions it raises. How do you do the best thing as an educator when school policy often runs contrary to intuition? How do you do make the right decisions for your child when your home life is fractured and, in Brian’s case, you must spend more time working to pay the bills than actually seeing your child? Golden and Horan provide no easy answers.”

LondonTheatre1: **** “an excellent production of an engrossing story, with some truly superb performances. Original, insightful and memorable.”

The Upcoming: **** “Class is a funny and affecting 95 minutes. The characters, with their Dublin inflections in speech and palpable back stories, are vividly drawn. So much so that an audience will genuinely feel this is a glimpse into a pivotal time in real lives.”

The Reviews Hub: *** “Despite running without an interval, Class is still longer than it needs to be and becomes distracted by a subsidiary narrative that contributes relatively little to the drama. Where Golden and Horan are on stronger ground is in trying to determine the boundary between parent and teacher, a discussion that leaves the audience with more questions than it answers.”

Evening Standard: **** “The result is a well-observed 90-minute piece. Golden and Horan are perceptive about parents bemused by problems they’d rather not confront, students trying to mask the pain of their home lives and teachers whose work seems hampered by the slipperiness of language.”

Rev Stan’s Theatre Blog: *** 1/2 “Sometimes funny and witty, occasionally tense, Class draws few conclusion and while the drama is in the classroom it feels like its weight lies outside.”

Rhine Gold: “an interesting, at times funny, at others uncomfortable look at our interactions with the education system.”

The Spy in the Stalls: **** “Written with a well-observed eye, and with perceptive performances given, Class is a concise exploration, that never tries to educate you on the issues acknowledged.”

Class continues to play at the Bush Theatre until the 1st June.

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