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The History Boys By Alan Bennett The History Boys An unruly bunch of bright funny sixth form boys in pursuit of sex sport and a place at university A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher A headmaster obsessed wi

  • Title: The History Boys
  • Author: Alan Bennett
  • ISBN: 9780571224647
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Paperback
  • The History Boys By Alan Bennett An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher A headmaster obsessed with results a history teacher who thinks he s a fool.In Alan Bennett s classic play, staff room rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence provoke insistent questions about histAn unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher A headmaster obsessed with results a history teacher who thinks he s a fool.In Alan Bennett s classic play, staff room rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence provoke insistent questions about history and how you teach it about education and its purpose.The History Boys premiered at the National in May 2004.
    The History Boys By Alan Bennett

    The History Boys Oct , The History Boys The History Boys An unruly class of gifted and charming teenage boys are taught by two eccentric and innovative teachers, as their headmaster pushes for them all to get accepted into Oxford or Cambridge. The History Boys The History Boys Rotten Tomatoes The History Boys is a movie that asks questions like What is education really for anyway and asks them in an altogether witty, brainy way It turns history into what it really is, the story of Watch The History Boys Prime Video The History Boys . h min R Based on the Tony Award winning play, The History Boys tells the story of an unruly class of talented British schoolboys vying for admittance to Britain s top universities, Oxford and Cambridge. The History Boys film The History Boys Faber Drama Bennett, Alan Alan Bennett has been one of our leading dramatists since Beyond the Fringe in the s His television series Talking Heads has become a modern day classic The History Boys won numerous awards both at the National Theatre, London, and on Broadway Also at the NT The Habit of Art, People and Cocktail Sticks. The History Boys Full Cast Crew The History Boys cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and . The History Boys Play Plot Characters StageAgent Synopsis Set in a grammar school in Sheffield in the s, The History Boys follows the path of eight sixth form pupils as they prepare to take their entrance exams to Oxford and Cambridge Universities Oxbridge They are led by the eccentric Hector, an ageing teacher who has a unique take on their General Studies course. The History Boys Film The Guardian Oct , The History Boys mins, Directed by Nicholas Hytner Starring Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour, Stephen Campbell Moore, Clive Merrison Most The History Boys Where Are They Now Anglophenia Richard Griffiths

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    1. Manny on said:

      IRWIN So, what do we think of The History Boys then RUDGE It s a classroom drama, sir Set in Yorkshire during the early 80s Features a clash between two different styles of teaching, embodied by the two contrasting teachers, Mr Hector and Mr Irwin, whoIRWIN Yes, yes, yes, everyone will write that I am results focussed, Mr Hector teaches you the true value of culture Perfect if you want to get into Bristol Ideal for Sheffield Someone else SCRIPPS It s got witty and inventive dialogue, sir IRWIN S [...]

    2. Cecily on said:

      Bennett at his best witty, erudite and controversial.This play is set in the 1980s in a boys grammar school no fees to pay, but students have to pass exams to gain admission where a new head is determined to get some of his brighter history pupils into prestigious Oxford and Cambridge colleges via additional lessons by three very different teachers Hector, Irwin and also Mrs Lintott Hector has been there for years Irwin is young and brought in specially to help with Oxbridge exams and interviews [...]

    3. Joey Woolfardis on said:

      First read 7th March, 2014 Second read 22nd August, 2015 The best moments in reading are when you come across something a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things that you d thought special, particular to you And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you ve never met, maybe even someone long dead And it s as if a hand has come out and taken yours The BBC did a programme celebrating 50 years of the National Theatre in 2013 and The History Boys was one of them It was a short scene t [...]

    4. Bettie☯ on said:

      bbc programmes b007g95pDescription An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth form or senior boys in a British boys school are, as such boys will be, in pursuit of sex, sport, and a place at a good university, generally in that order In all their efforts, they are helped and hindered, enlightened and bemused, by a maverick English teacher who seeks to broaden their horizons in sometimes undefined ways, and a young history teacher who questions the methods, as well as the aim, of their schooling In T [...]

    5. Tom on said:

      Utterly useless play The occasional witty line, but the whole thing felt very self serving, self congratulatory, and mechanical And this pile of self consciously Teddibly Intellectual Claptrap won the Tony for Best Play over Martin McDonagh s magnificent LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE The reviews I ve read seem to think the play is a sort of battle of wills between Hector and another teacher for the souls of a group of boys doing an intensive cram session for their college boards Hector supposedly repr [...]

    6. Cheryl on said:

      A wonderful, witty play A group of eight teenage boys are in their final year of school, preparing to take scholarship examinations for university Oxford or Cambridge admission is the big prize Their teachers have different ideas about the role of education which seem competitive but are complementary The boys and teachers verbally joust and show off throughout the play as they struggle to find what they think will be the best way to succeed at the exams Should they learn to be showmen of histor [...]

    7. Stef Smulders on said:

      Not lucky with this one ebook lacks the direction instructions and in the filmscript the scenes are extremely short, not suitable to be read as a story without the staging Gave up.

    8. Sookie on said:

      Alan Bennett s dialogues have layers Bennett uses poets, writers and artists as a subtle influencing factors to bring home a larger point Auden is heavily quoted and acts as a metaphor for Hector s lifestyle One of his pupils, Timms, quotes Auden and uses it outside the context to explain Hector s behavior to Irwin Its clever and plays out as fantastic inside joke among the boys.The boys stand on the edge that separates adolescence and adulthood With college exams and interviews around the corne [...]

    9. Greg on said:

      Subjunctive history, discussing that gets five star alone I have to get myself a copy of the book and read it at my own pace There is a lot covered in this play At first, listening to the first disc, I didn t get into it, but then I concentrated on the dialogue and not the voices I wonder if this play would translate to other countries Plays, essays, films, or novels that are set in school usually evokes an unpleasant feeling for me, To Sir With Love being an exception The History Boys had two t [...]

    10. stephanie on said:

      because i am an intellectual snob, and because i am a sucker for british accents, and because i LOVE history, and because i went to an all girls school that decidedly wanted to get everyone into the ivies, i must admit i m a little bit of a biased reader basic plot of the play everyone is trying to get into oxford, and are therefore studying for their major exams in history sex plays a large role or, really, rather, lust however, i also must admit i found some of the characters annoying, and wis [...]

    11. Laura on said:

      From BBC Radio 4 Extra Adapted for radio by Richard Wortley from Nicholas Hytner s National Theatre production More than three decades on from Forty Years On, Alan Bennett turns his attention once to education, encompassing both the tussles of staffroom rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence.Hector Richard GriffithsIrwin Geoffrey StreatfeildMrs Lintott Frances de la TourThe Headmaster Clive MerrisonCrowther Samuel AndersonPosner Samuel BarnettDakin Dominic CooperTimms James CordenAkthar Sacha D [...]

    12. Mghulett on said:

      I ve read this play at least twelve times Same with the movie It s a play about a group of high school boys that are in the Oxford Cambridge group they have the highest grades and are eligible for these two colleges Through out their senior year they must cram in not only facts about history, culture, and literature but they are given a new teacher who teaches them how to spice up their essays There are many twists in the story but i m not going to reveal them I think that EVERYONE should read t [...]

    13. James on said:

      The play is a great read for many reasons and all of them deeply resonated with me Most important was the devotion to the importance of language centered on the dictionary boy role of Posner and music and ideas, clearly emphasized in the play than in the screenplay for the film also written by Bennett The play contrasts the differing perspectives on education of the two lead teachers Hector and Irwin Without the need to open up demanded by film Bennett focuses on the schoolroom and uses subtle [...]

    14. El on said:

      Some plays just are better when seen performed on the stage Sometimes just reading a play loses something in the well, translation I have a feeling The History Boys is one of those I ll bet on stage it s pretty interesting I hear there s a movie from a few years ago that probably is worth watching This is all not to be confused with The Emperor s Club, the 2002 movie with Kevin Kline I can t explain why but I seriously thought it might be based on this play It was not Silly rabbit Whatever, thes [...]

    15. Ned Gill on said:

      Well that was tragic Tragically good and soul destroying at least my fav Scripps didn t die because he is my role model END

    16. Núria on said:

      The History Boys es una obra ambientada en el Sheffield de principios de los a os 80 y los protagonistas son un grupo de adolescentes que se tienen que preparar para hacer un examen para poder entrar en Oxford o Cambridge Es verdad que estos jovencitos parten de unas personalidades arquet picas, pero consiguen ser nicos y reales gracias a los di logos frescos, rapid simos y vivos Es una obra sobre crecer, enamorarse, dejar atr s la adolescencia, intentar construir tu personalidad Es una pel cula [...]

    17. Wontons on said:

      I first came across this play in its last form, as a film adaptation around 2009 By then, I was kicking myself for having missed the original West End production though I m not sure I would ve been able to fly to New York in 2006, as much as I d like to think of myself as a socialite with expendable income coming out of my ears Luckily, I found a BBC radio dramatization, which, upon later reading the play, I learned was much closer to the stage production than the film Don t get me wrong I love [...]

    18. Tony on said:

      THE HISTORY BOYS 2004 Alan Bennett .This play by Bennett brings us into the lives of eight boys enrolled in a British boarding school They are all in sixth form, equivalent to our U.S senior class They are being prepped for admission to colleges in Oxford or Cambridge, although none of them is a likely candidate They are all exposed to at least two different methods of being taught history One method is a free ranging technique, where the event is less important than the method of relating it Th [...]

    19. Sacha on said:

      this is one of my favourite films and so i was wary when i bought the play i know this is the original text and the film came after but it s the film i ve seen so many times and i didn t know what differences there would be obviously there were differences because a story told on a stage with very little props can t be told in the same way as a film but i like both versions there were a couple of scenes in the play that weren t in the film and vice versa and the ending was slightly different but [...]

    20. Leigh on said:

      HECTOR Uncoffined is a typical Hardy usage It s a compound adjective, formed by putting un in front of the noun or verb, of course Unkissed, unrejoicing, unconfessed, unembraced it s a turn of phrase that brings with it a sense of not sharing, being out if it, whether because of diffidence or shyness, but holding back, not being in the swim of it Can you see that POSNER Yes, sir I felt that a bit.HECTOR The best moments in reading are when you come across something, a thought, a feeling, a way o [...]

    21. Skip on said:

      Alan Bennett s fascinating play which was made into a well received motion picture starring the original cast from the West End and Tony Award winning Broadway stage productions about a group of English high school students studying for their Oxbridge entrance examinations, and how they are tutored by two different professors who possess contrasting teaching styles Absolutely joyful, exuberant and bittersweet at the same time, the examination of their relationships with their tutors and each oth [...]

    22. Will Gillham on said:

      How a writer can cram so much wit, intelligence, and culture into one play astounds me.Reading this during my A Levels whilst studying History it completely reflects upon the absurdity, pressure, and confusion one feels at the turning point in your life If they like me and they want to take me because I m dull and ordinary I may not know much about Jean Paul Sartre, but I ve got a handicap of four This is a play that can spark debates and conversations as lively as those found in the text.

    23. Kathryn Green on said:

      2.5 stars This play was quite good I liked the underlying messages about teaching and politics and the final message at the end I didn t find it that funny but i m looking forward to studying this one

    24. Barry Turner on said:

      I am a late arrival at the platform containing one of the most hyped plays of modern times Alan Bennett, lugubrious Yorkie, has been feted like some kind of colossus of literature for this tale of 80s grammar school sixth formers aspiring to the silver spires of Oxford or Cambridge Perhaps because I was not caught up in the critical storm of approval for the theatre production, and later movie, that I can take a dispassionate view One thing struck me immediately as discordant the setting in 198 [...]

    25. Krista on said:

      I liked the audio version that I listened to as it was a full cast recording that originally aired on the BBC I believe.

    26. Tung on said:

      Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play in 2006, along with a host of other Tonys, this play focuses on eight students at a London school preparing for the British national entrance exams for Cambridge and Oxford and other secondary schools , and two of their teachers Hector is their English General Studies teacher who inspires the boys to memorize and recite classic literature for the sake of pure knowledge rather than for the purpose of prepping for any one test Irwin is their newly hired Histo [...]

    27. Uttara Srinivasan on said:

      4.5 starsPlays are supposed to be avenues for playwrights to use painted words, archaic grammar, leaps of creative liberty and long soliloquys to well, vent mostly showcase their supremacy over the language, their understanding of acting without the distractions of description The only other play I read this year didn t help much either made things worse if possible yes, JKR I am still fuming To add to all this, even as you try to wrap your head around mostly abstract dialogue, comes a scene whe [...]

    28. Eretrece on said:

      The History Boys by Alan Bennett is by no means a bad play Or at least that is what I have to assume due to other people s ratings But personally, I did not enjoy reading it for the following reasons 1 There were quite a lot of characters who were all introduced relatively soon, making it hard for me to tell them apart.2 The play contained a lot of references to history as well as literature that I could not understand.3 Somewhere near the beginning there was a scene in French, which I couldn t [...]

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