Friday 17th May 2002
Directed by John Scadding
This is James Hilton's classic tale of a gentle English schoolmaster, known to three generations of schoolboys as Mr Chips. As he looks back over his life, he recalls the boys he has taught, the men they became and the woman he loved.
'Goodbye Mr Chips!' was written originally as a Christmas feature for a feature for a weekly newspaper in 1933 and it was immediately successful, appearing in hardback the following year. In the briefest of novels, Hilton covers the whole lifetime of a provincial schoolmaster from 1848 to 1933. By playing with the sequence of events he presents it in little fragments as if through the memory of the man himself. Almost immediately, the book was made in to a film, winning Robert Donat an Oscar for his performance. Since then the likes of John Mills and Peter O'Toole have played Chips on stage and screen, the latest one being Martin Clunes.
This monologue was an adaptation of the story by Bench member, John Scadding, for performance.
This monologue was staged at Havant Arts Centre, East Street Havant - Bench Theatre's home since 1977. It was presented as part of the "Nine Days in May" Arts Festival and proceeds were donated to the Arts Centre Silver Fund.