From Classroom to the big stage…..

September 28, 2013 2:08 pm

Based on E R Braithwaite’s autobiography and brilliantly adapted by Ayub Khan Din (East is East), ‘To Sir, With Love’ is the story of Ricky Braithwaite, an ex-RAF fighter pilot and Cambridge graduate who arrives in London in 1948. Despite his first class degree in electronic engineering, he is turned down for job after job in his chosen profession and discovers the reality of life as a black man in post-war England. Taking the only job he can get, Ricky begins his first teaching post, in a tough but progressive East End school run by the enlightened headmaster ‘Florian’.

The determined new teacher, supported by his headmaster, turns teenage rebelliousness into self respect, contempt into consideration and hate into love – and on the way, Ricky himself learns that he has more in common with his students than he had realised.

Made into a major film in 1967 starring Sidney Poitier and featuring a song made famous by Lulu, this new stage adaptation is peppered with the songs and dance of the late 40’s; a time of austerity like our own where love, inspiration and hope win through against all the odds.

The ‘Touring Theatre Consortium’ is a theatre company incorporating all the major touring theatre venues in the country, which includes the Theatre Royal Nottingham. They have received Arts Council funding to produce a three year programme of professional educational theatre. For this project, they are selecting a young ensemble from the area of each touring venue. Due to our excellent relationship with the Theatre Royal Nottingham, Christ The King Academy students have been selected for the Nottingham leg of the tour.

This is a brilliant opportunity for our young people to develop their performance skills, working with a professional cast and crew.


Performances are Tuesday 15th October – Saturday 19th October 7:30. With matinees, Wednesday, Thursday 2:00 and Saturday 2:30. Theatre Royal box office number is 0115 989 5555.

Fifteen of our drama academy students auditioned and eight were offered a role, they are:

  • Martha Hardy
  • Megan Leask-Walters
  • Charlie Dawn Sadler
  • Gabby Tempest
  • James Akers
  • Jacob Seelochan
  • Joe Smith
  • Riley Ashworth

I am tremendously proud to work with these talented young people, it just remains for me to say, break a leg!

Read the article in the Nottingham Evening post.