20 Nov '14

News God Bless the Child review – classroom revolution in lively satire

Royal Court theatre, LondonMolly Davies’s funny yet preachy play is like a primary-school version of Lindsay Anderson’s If…Molly Davies’s new play extends the Royal Court’s “season of revolution” by showing a group of eight-year-olds in a state of mutiny. The result is a very funny, lively satire on imposed educational formulae that only at the end turns a bit too palpably preachy.Davies’s strength is that she clearly writes from experience and has devised a hilariously plausible learning system that is being road-tested in selected primary schools. It is called “Badger Do Best” and uses anthropomorphic fables to instil good behaviour in children. Continue reading...

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