Episode 13.14: Back To Skool (Edinburgh Fringe Fundraiser Special)

Monday 10th July 2017 at Bristol Grammar School’s 1532 Performing Arts Centre.

Pablo and Candi are wondering what life would have been like at school when we are magically transported to the mid-1990s to witness an imagined history of Newtown High under Headmistress Constance Sugar. Her faculty include Mr Richard Johnson, Nurse Bucket and drama teacher Ms Tuesday who is planning a talent show and helping librarian Ms Thornfield find her voice.

Pablo wants to be one of the cool kids (a gang known as ‘The Jets’ made up of Reg, Candi and Gina) and is incited to shoplift and fight with head boy Jimmy Brightside. In retaliation, the uncool kids (Jimmy, Harold, Ivy and Monica) form their own gang called ‘The Sharks’, but as everyone is poised to battle, they realise the true enemy is the faculty! Descending on the staff room where Mrs Sugar has been trying to seduce Mr Johnson, the pupils demand the school be turned into a performing arts academy. Headmistress Sugar agrees and the transition is marked by a rousing Shakespearean song by Ms Thornfield.

Memorable Moments:

  • The moment when Reg realises the girl he has a crush on, the fossil loving Ivy, is in fact a Shark!
  • Pablo sneaking into Claire’s Accessories to shoplift a scrunchy, soundtracked by jazz funk.
  • Special guest appearances from Jimmy Brightside, Eliza Thornfield, Nurse Polly Bucket, Ms Tulip Tuesday and Ivy Nicholson.

How will these experiences influence Candi in Newtown today?
Will Pablo continue to dream of being one of the cool kids?
Was life really like that at school for the community?

Find out in Season 14 of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera.