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What happens in the staff room, stays in the staff room.

Played by the fantastic Catherine McClements, Pat is a jaded, stalwart primary school teacher who isn’t afraid to voice her opinions: all kids are terrors, the school’s a zoo and her colleagues are nitwits. Enter Anna, played by Stephanie Somerville in her STC mainstage debut, who is bright-eyed, idealistic and just out of university. Anna’s going to change the world, one gold star at a time.


As you might suspect, these two don’t quite see eye to eye. In a hilarious new black comedy from the brilliant mind of Angela Betzien (The Hanging, ABC’s Total Control), audiences will get a sneak peek into one of society’s biggest mysteries: the teachers’ staff room.

Writer: Angela Betzien

Director: Jessica Arthur

Designer: Ailsa Paterson

Lighting: Mark Shelton

Composition and Sound Design: Jessica Dunn

Assistant Director: Clement Rukundo

Cast: Ezra Juanta, Catherine McClements, Michelle Ny, Nathan O’Keefe, Susan Prior, Stephanie Somerville

Dunstan Playhouse Adelaide, Drama Theatre Sydney, Riverside Parramatta, Canberra Theatre Centre for State Theatre of South Australia and Sydney Theatre Company | August-October 2022


★★★★★ (Glam Adelaide)

★★★★ "a madcap romp; a darkly humorous class worth taking" (Limelight)

★★★★ "eminently and hilariously successful" (ArtsHub

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