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The Lesson

by Icarus Theatre Collective


The Lesson is both hysterical farce and riveting tragedy; an absurdist one act play exploring the depths of totalitarianism.

about the production

"50s Absurdism meets 90s in-yer-face apocalypticism." – Robert Shore, Time Out A blistering revival of Icarus’ award-winning dark comedy where a mild-mannered professor takes on an innocent new pupil. A series of unstoppable events are triggered and soon the pedagogue turns on her, becoming a bullying tyrant, a ferocious animal bent on her destruction. A brand-new Creative Captioning process supported by Arts Council England brings this play to D/deaf & Hard of Hearing audiences through projection integrated into set and lighting design, ensuring all performances are accessible and captioning enhances the creative story for hearing audiences as well.

about the artist

Icarus is a mid-scale touring theatre company that functions as a collective. We understand that theatre is vital for our mental and physical health, as well as the health of the country. Icarus creates theatre that is kinetic, intellectual, and visceral. We succeed by following our namesake too close to the sun, always picking plays which seem just out of reach, soaring most elegantly and creating a beautiful organized chaos when stretching beyond our grasp.

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stage dimensions

width: 7 metres

height: 4 metres

depth: 5 metres

“This remains a timely and fascinating play”...

Jeremy Kingston

"excellent leads, well directed sound and a clever set" "an enjoyable and thought provoking evening"...

Alan Francois

"An utterly sumptuous revival of a Ionesco classic" "Superb performances in a brilliant production of a hilarious play"...

Dominic Allen

-BSL signing
-Touch Tour
-Integrated Creative Captioning feature which means the show is equally accessible to d/Deaf and hearing audiences

Variable guarantees according to venue capacity

Everybody involved in the tour is fully vaccinated, and will be tested daily