Students' satirical swipe at Education Secretary Michael Gove goes on stage in Edinburgh

David Kelly as Michael Gove

The real Michael Gove

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WHAT would Britain be like if Education Secretary Michael Gove became Prime Minister?

That is the question students from St Edward’s School, in North Oxford, are trying to answer in a comedy play, Who’s Afraid of Michael Gove?, they will take to Edinburgh Festival Fringe next month.

The drama students have devised a story in which Mr Gove’s radical reforms have led to the removal of arts from the national curriculum.

Ru McGrath, 18, plays roles including a “Gove robot”

and the father of main character Lawrence. He said: “It is a comedy, but also with a serious message about how important the arts are.

“Michael Gove has been in the press a lot saying things which suggest the arts should be more of an extracurricular activity for students.

“We wanted to satirise that idea and imagine what a world without the more creative subjects would be like.”

Mr Gove joins other politicians in the story, which also reveals that while he has risen to be PM, his Tory colleague and Mayor of London Boris Johnson has gained his own TV talk show.

The Oxford Times:

Ru McGrath

Mr McGrath and co-stars Theo Smith, 18, who plays Mr Johnson, and David Kelly, 18, who plays Mr Gove, performed the show for their A-Level exams, all gaining A* grades.

Mr McGrath added: “I particularly love a scene in a pub with the boring ‘Gove robots’ – the generation of students who have grown up in Mr Gove’s art-free world.”

The play takes place at The Space, in Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, from August 18 to 22.

A second drama group from the school will be performing Blood Wedding – a rural tragedy originally penned by Spanish playwright Federico García Lorca – at the Fringe from August 5 to 8.

Headteacher Stephen Jones said the school’s association with the North Wall arts centre in South Parade, which it owns and runs, was key to its drama output.

He said: “Given this background, it is no wonder that our pupils are enthusiastic and highly competent dramatists and performers.”

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10:27am Mon 14 Jul 14

xenarthra says...

If your parents can afford 30,000+ a year for you to attend St Edwards, then you probably have the luxury of being able to study whatever you want at university, without having to worry about its economic value to you or society at large. Quit complaining. And the idea that science and engineering students aren't creative is ridiculous and offensive.
If your parents can afford 30,000+ a year for you to attend St Edwards, then you probably have the luxury of being able to study whatever you want at university, without having to worry about its economic value to you or society at large. Quit complaining. And the idea that science and engineering students aren't creative is ridiculous and offensive. xenarthra
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12:15pm Mon 14 Jul 14

King Joke says...

Being rich and priveleged does not absolve you of any responsibility to point out things are wrong when you see them.

I happen disagree with some of the sentiment of this play, but if we had to rely entirely on the poor and underpriveleged - by definition those with less of a voice - to point out what's wrong with the way things are run we wouldn't hear it half the time.
Being rich and priveleged does not absolve you of any responsibility to point out things are wrong when you see them. I happen disagree with some of the sentiment of this play, but if we had to rely entirely on the poor and underpriveleged - by definition those with less of a voice - to point out what's wrong with the way things are run we wouldn't hear it half the time. King Joke
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