The Knowledge

pantsguys Productions, in association with New Theatre’s The Spare Room, present an Australian premiere


The Knowledge

by John Donnelly
directed by Rebecca Martin


“Fast-paced and disturbing, it offers a wincingly plausible picture of life at the bottom of the educational heap.” – The Guardian


“Decent teachers in rough schools should be awarded medals for courage in the face of terrible odds… this is the vision of hell on earth conjured up in this terrific play.” – The Telegraph


“Punchy, appallingly funny.” – The Independent


Being a teacher means weekends.

It means thirteen week holidays.

It means a secure job in uncertain times.

But Zoe doesn’t want to have to rescue her students.

She doesn’t want to be called a slag.

She doesn’t want to sleep with the Head of Science.

And she doesn’t want to teach a group of kids how to do life.

Because that’s something Zoe’s not sure she knows how to do herself.


Acclaimed UK writer John Donnelly draws on his own experience working in schools to expose an education system in crisis. THE KNOWLEDGE is a shocking, revealing and darkly funny play that explores what happens when a young teacher goes off the rails in a failing school.

What’s On Sydney Review

Theatre Red Review



John Benda

Silvina D’Alessandro

Barry French

Karli-Rae Grogan

Isaro Kayitesi

Brett Rogers

Benjamin Ross


Directed by Rebecca Martin

Producer Lara Rosenthal

Assistant Producer Sophie Boniface

Production Designer Antoinette Barbouttis

Assistant Production Designer Andrea Espinoza

Lighting Designer Chris Page

Sound Designer Marty Jamieson

Accent Coach Linda Nicols-Gidley

Production Photography Kathy Luu


10 October – 3 November 2012


Tuesday – Saturday 8pm, Sunday 5pm


New Theatre 542 King Street Newtown


Full $30, concession $25, previews $17, Pay What You Can Tues $10min


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