History Boys

On Wednesday evening a group from the Trad went to see The History Boys – below is a review of the play by our student Paul Davis (Major in Law).

On Wednesday night, a group of students, which included myself, had the amazing opportunity to watch the play “History Boys” by Alan Bennett being performed at the Cambridge Arts Theatre. It was a truly wonderful show.

The play premiered in 2004, but the topics it touched are still very relevant today. Set in the 1980s, it features a group of male students whose common aim is to earn a place at Oxford and/or Cambridge. It featured other aspects of their lives, such as their relationships with teachers, with each other, love and sexuality, and their struggle with attempting to handle three completely different styles of learning and being, in an academic sense.

It was a play that felt very real, as each character had an appropriate amount of attention, thus providing a view into each of their mind-sets, both through monologue and dialogue. It was very heartfelt, and I admit to crying on more than a few occasions.

However, this play is a comedy, which makes it just that much better. It had very quick and varied humour throughout, making it easy to take it all in and still have a great laugh.

This play is definitely worth watching if you get the chance.