Death of a Nightingale with Ispy
For theatre lovers, a real life drama, and a drama from real life. Tracy, a pupil with cystic fibrosis, tells the story of her school as it faces the bulldozer. Why does Margaret Williamson, its head teacher, attempt to take her own life? Can her love with John Errington, the English teacher, survive? Act 2 Scene 5 The Gift of Love.
For parents of children w...more
Former chair of governors of a special school turns whistleblower in a defiant play about the destruction of a safe heaven and political pressure in schools.
In his younger days, the writer Alan Share was immersed in politics. Today, as a sharp-eyed observer of the political scene, he gives us access behind the close doors of decision-making in a play against the idea of school inclusion, setting out to reveal that this is achieved at the expense of th...more
By Adele C
I also saw a performance of Death of a Nightingale at the New End Theatre in London. A great play. I can still remember one moment. Max Lewis, a boy with Downs in the role of Terry, telling the Caribbean music teacher that her views on God were "Bonkers". Emma, "Caribbean sunshine", didn't let him get away with it. God existed if you believe, did not exist if you didn't . She did.
The Book, like the play, made me think where Tracy would find a school...more
I saw the play when it wsa showing in the theatre in London.
I had read the book /play prior to seeing the most wonderful production of it
I have since read it again. The latest edition is a masterpiece in my eyes
a must-read for teachers and especially those involved in special needs
GOVERNOR OF A SPECIAL SCHOOL
Educated at Bede Grammar School, Sunderland and at Merton College, Oxford, after which he qualified as a barrister. Then a full, varied and interesting career before he retired, journeying from law to politics, and then to running a successful retailing company. He describes himself as a hybrid.
For over 17 years a governor of a special school in...more