On Teach First student Kat’s first day at Hurstville Community College, Nicky Morgan announces forced academistation for all state schools. Kat is ready for the picket line but her attempts to join the NUT are met with contempt by union stalwart Janine. The head teacher is invisible and the staff are more concerned about losing their staff room, disappearing books and a History teacher who hasn’t been seen for weeks.
A powerful and humorous look at an education system buckling under government cuts and targets. A story of protest and the teachers who choose to fight back.
Burning Books is an adaptation of a music and poetry show of the same name which I took to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014 and 2015 with my band, Jess Green and the Mischief Thieves before touring it nationally in autumn 2015 to venues including Roundhouse, Richmix, Komedia Brighton and Unity Theatre, Liverpool.
Both in Edinburgh and on the tour we received a host of 5* reviews:
“Jess Green cares about education. It’s written all over her face and in every word of every poem she performs. She really cares – and that’s what makes it impossible to tear your eyes away from her.” – Broadway Baby
As well as critical acclaim from both Scroobius Pip and Josie Long:
“Somehow Jess manages to be hard hitting in a way that’s so subtle you don’t realise until the bruises comes up” – Scroobius Pip
“It’s brilliant! I loved it!” – Josie Long