Profound, Absorbing, Relevant, Clever, Great writing
About the Show
Daniel Rusteau's drama exploring class & racism in the state education system
Ashley is in her second year of teaching at one of the lowest-ranked secondary schools in London.
When she reports her favourite student to the school's administration for bringing a hunting knife into school, she is stunned by the reaction of the headteacher. Determined to save him from expulsion, Ashley finds herself fighting a problematic school system, nervous colleagues, and belligerent parents.
Daniel Rusteau’s debut play raises questions about masculinity, punishment, and parenting young Black men.
" 'Dismissed' does make some strong steps in the right direction but it feels like there is even more that could be said. The play is grounded by moments of dry comedy which certainly get the audience laughing but do feel slightly formulaic; as do the supporting characters who feel stereotypical at times."