The history boys script
Dakin then proceeds to the Headmaster's office and, by threatening to reveal Felix's own sexual harassment of Fiona, forces him to reinstate Hector. I too was a grammar school boy, of the same generation, whose life was transformed by the fact that I did not get a scholarship to Oxford to read English. He suggests that Hector take Irwin instead. I also worried that the boys would look too old when scrutinised in close-up. I went into the army rather than accept the insulting offer. There is no doubt about where Bennett's sympathies lie, and the production designer, John Beard, has served him and Hytner well. Share via Email Alan Bennett, commentators like to say, is heir to Betjeman as the nation's teddy bear. He is not displeased by Posner's attention, but finds himself increasingly interested in Irwin. What planet are they on up there in Sheffield? Or even a place at Leeds, Nottingham, or Sheffield - all of which I tried for, vainly. No sightseeing there.
Though it's much more elaborately shaped, deeper, and even funnier, it's another state-of-the-nation play using a school as the setting, dealing with the same themes of education, history, class and national identity.
It is also permeated with odious class prejudice.
So, load up the Camden mantelpiece with Emmies and if the academy so wills it Oscars. On its way to the screen Hector's role has been somewhat diminished and Irwin has become less sinister, his future as a revisionist historian and a political spin doctor toned down.
It's not just Hull. But I think it's a better class of prejudice than Bennett's, and my bitterness and wrongness are, I believe, honourably shared ones. An Oxford man, he has the bag of tricks that will get the boys through. The department was headed by the distinguished Arthur Humphreys. Think Billy Elliot, think Full Monty. And bitter. Lintott then turns and asks: "Will they come to my funeral, I wonder? As for the forthright Mrs Lintott, who's as much a reflection of Bennett as Hector is, she recalls her first pizza at Durham more vividly and fondly than her first experience of sex. The sensible Mrs Lintott's history room has maps and dynastic charts on the wall. The performances are nicely toned down. Must they go through life with an inferiority complex, and the sound of the Bennett sneer in their ears? Monica Jones Philip Larkin's muse and consort took a Hectorish interest in me no groping, though.
An Oxford man, he has the bag of tricks that will get the boys through. Not a route their predecessors have taken, apparently and unconvincingly, if this isand this is a grammar school.
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The plot of The History Boys is simple. Though it's much more elaborately shaped, deeper, and even funnier, it's another state-of-the-nation play using a school as the setting, dealing with the same themes of education, history, class and national identity. On the evidence of his all-conquering play and now film The History Boys he is also the outright winner of the Evelyn Waugh memorial "Brideshead" award for the nation's arch-educational snob. And then, the great bombshell. The school hall is shown with only the boys sitting and each recounts his life. My A-levels two Cs and a D, in contemporary grades damned me. It is - the Thatcher years, and the industrial north.
Irwin, it is revealed, is not, after all, an Oxford man or, at least, only in the sense that Jeffrey Archer is: he got a DipEd there. However, before they leave, the headmaster runs out and stops them, saying that Hector should not take one of the boys. The plot of The History Boys is simple. The year was chosen to bring the narrative forward, so that modern audiences can identify, and as the last historical moment when Oxbridge imposed written exams for prospective students and scholars.
At this revelation, the audience exploded with mirth. He suggests that Hector take Irwin instead. I'm homosexual. Cynical tricks. Lintott then turns and asks: "Will they come to my funeral, I wonder? Dakin in voiceover says that Irwin had never been on the back of a bike and so may have unbalanced Hector, leading to Hector's death, and that Irwin and he never got a chance to meet that Sunday. The cleverest woman I have met in any university, she believed, given the garbage being produced in the name of scholarship, it was more distinguished not to publish than to publish. There are the merest glimpses of other pupils, and although in adapting the movie for the screen Bennett has briefly introduced a comic gym teacher straight out of Kes, and a dispirited teacher of art history, there are only four significant figures from the faculty. So, load up the Camden mantelpiece with Emmies and if the academy so wills it Oscars. They're the snobbish headmaster Clive Merrison , a geography graduate of Hull determined to put his school on the map by getting boys into Oxbridge; Mrs Lintott Frances de la Tour , a sensible traditional history teacher who studied at Durham; Hector Richard Griffiths , a brilliant, theatrical English master who went to Sheffield University and runs an unconventional general studies class; and Mr Irwin Stephen Campbell Moore , a Machiavellian recent history graduate brought in on a temporary basis to show the working-class kids how to present themselves and their ideas in a way that will impress or deceive Oxbridge dons. I am clearly prejudiced.
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