Stowe School South Downs



In this 2011 response to Rattigan’s The Browning Version, David Hare explores life in an Anglo-Catholic public school on the South Downs in 1962. Written mainly from the perspective of the pupils, the play follows John Blakemore: a lonely, solitary boy who cannot accept the ways of the school as he earnestly demands change. Hare exposes the insecurities and frustrations of youth, whilst challenging the expectations of teachers whose own journeys have left them unprepared for a new world. A beautifully crafted depiction of teenage anxiety set against traditional institutional values.

This show was part of our Edinburgh Fringe 2022 Edinburgh Fringe Programme