Unman wittering and zigo book

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Oxford Playscripts: Unman Wittering and Zigo : Giles Cooper :

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Unman, Wittering and Zigo

Unman, Wittering and Zigo

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Young teacher Everett, hoping to make a good impression in his first job, finds that bullying and gambling among his boys are the least of his worries. Caught in the middle of his new wife Nadia's restlessness, his fellow teachers' apathy and the headteacher's secrets, Everett becomes an unlikely detective. Convert currency. Add to Basket. Book Description Nelson Thornes, Condition: New. More information about this seller Contact this seller.

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As a rebellious teenager, I read the play Unman, Wittering and Zigo at school in the late s with a mixture of relish and disbelief. This material was incendiary, entertaining and also much easier to read than Chaucer or Shakespearean blank verse. The action begins with a chilling, vertiginous sequence, in which an unseen figure takes a fatal plunge over a cliff-top. We learn that the victim was Pelham, a schoolmaster at Chantry, a minor public school located in an unidentified coastal location. Their studied politeness soon gives way to threats of violence, when Ebony tries to impose a Saturday detention. Of course the premise is far-fetched, but the young actors pitch their insolence at just the right level. We never get to meet the titular Zigo, but rest assured that the memorably named Orris, Root and Lipstrob more than make up for his absence.

The play is a thriller set in a traditional boys' boarding school where a senior form master has just been killed in a tragic accident. The main character is John Ebony, a teacher in his first job, brought in as a temporary measure, though one he hopes will be confirmed as permanent. Between his rebellious wife Nadia, the eccentric art master Cary Farthingale and the class of Lower 5B, Ebony struggles to exercise power, but is thwarted by reality and a disbelieving Headmaster. The resonant quotation from the play falls to the wise old Farthingale. The play was adapted for television as an episode of BBC 2 's Theatre series and broadcast in June It featured a number of young actors who gained a higher profile including Hywel Bennett and Dennis Waterman.

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