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Eating Apricots

Part of the series Staffroom Monologues

  Screen capture from Eating Apricots


Written by teacher Janet Spooner, Eating Apricots follows a teacher on the brink of retirement, played by Marian McLoughlin.

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Locking herself in the toilets, she explains her fears for the future; will she ever come out?

Staffroom Monologues is a series of four short films, each scripted by a winner of an online Teachers TV competition looking for monologues by people working in the education sector. The scripts were edited by Tony Marchant and directed by Jean Stewart.


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    • Lki Lki
      Eating Apricots
      20 March 2008 - 20:33

      I'm with Janet Spooner, I appreciate her honesty - Let's face it, it does sometimes gets a little tiring coping with Government strategy after Government strategy. Especially when it is the same stuff with a different shiny label! I think - if we're prepared to drop the 'born again Christian' type zeal that is characteristic of the profession and be honest like Janet has - we might REALLY learn something! Call me old fashioned . . .

    • Fighting a rearguard action
      19 February 2008 - 12:29

      This little vignette was well put together and true to the kind of person being portrayed. BUT - is learning not also about the teachers as well as the students?

      This isn't a 'professional' stance that I would espouse and it is not a good role model for all those hard-working, inventive, student-centred teachers that are the majority in today's schools and colleges.

      And I say this as one who is in his sixtieth year - and still enjoying the novelty of it all....

      Mike Moran
      eLearning Adviser
      Regional Support Centre of Northern Ireland
      Tel: 028 9097 5461

    • Following the success of
      18 February 2008 - 17:01

      Following the success of Staffroom Monologues 2007, Teachers TV are delighted to announce its back again this year. In association with the National Union of Teachers we are looking to find the best screenwriters of the staffroom.

      This year's Writer Judge will be Ashley Pharoah the British television writer, co-creator of the successful drama series Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes..

      To enter, budding script writers that work in education (paid or voluntary) are asked to submit a single character fictional monologue of between 800 and 1,000 words by 25 March 2008 on any aspect of school life from the perspective of someone who works in a school. For help and inspiration and to enter please visit www.teachers.tv/monologues

      Helen Mussard, Community Marketing Executive