trials of a gentleman

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday, March 14, 2024 - Saturday, March 16, 2024

The Bread and Roses Theatre

School teacher David Martin, although born in 1960, is a man of the 1940 and 1950s. As a child he became obsessed with the great movie of the 1940s, which he would watch with his abused mother at the cinema where his uncle was the projectionist to escape his violent father. Adopting the characteristics of the stars of the silver screen, and in the absence of a positive male role model at home, David was raised by the likes of David Niven, Michael Redgrave and John Mills. Residing in this persona, his safe space, he soon found himself to be a man out of time.

A man of impeccable taste and fashion, with a voice and vocabulary at odds with the tongue of today, he is a genteel man of chivalry and elegance. And yet, David Martin is responsible for the death of two men in his life.

The monologue takes place in a police interview room as he waits to talk to the authorities following the death of his Head of Faculty.

The play asks question about the rate of change in the 21st century and the difficulties it brings to the older generations. It also considers whether the direction of change (particularly in education) true.

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