English Literature / Drama GCSE: Characters: The History Boys by Alan Bennett

Some of the key characters in The History Boys by Alan Bennett are explored using a mixture of short dramatised sequences and supported by a narrative commentary on each of the characters.

The narrator examines the personalities of Irwin, Hector, Mrs Lintott, the Headteacher, Dakin, Posner, Rudge and Scripps, as parts of the action are played out, exploring how the characters link to the themes of the play.

This is from the series: Making a scene

Teacher Notes

Could be used as part of an exploration of character and theme, either after an initial reading or as part of a revision activity.

Students could use this clip as the stimulus for their own presentation on a different character from the play, or as the basis for an essay-style response to one of the characters explored in this clip.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is relevant for teaching English Literature and Drama GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

It also appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC and CCEA.

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