Unman wittering and zigo book

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Unman, Wittering and Zigo by Giles Cooper

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Unman, Wittering and Zigo

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Young teacher Everett, hoping to make a good impression in his first job, finds that bullying and gambling among his boys are the least of his worries. Caught in the middle of his new wife Nadia's restlessness, his fellow teachers' apathy and the headteacher's secrets, Everett becomes an unlikely detective. Convert currency. Add to Basket. Book Description Nelson Thornes,

In the history of connoisseurship this ploy may be worth recording, but for practical criticism I doubt that it has much to recommend it—ignoring as it does movies that take a while to find themselves at least in the viewer's mind , and movies that from a position of relative strength work inexorably toward a condition of absolute, unredeemable loss. In the latter category belongs John Mackenzie's "Unman, Wittering and Zigo," which opened yesterday at Cinema II, and which begins full of ripe and gruesome promise that very shortly turns overripe and openly ridiculous. Unman, Wittering and Zigo are the last three names on the roll call for Lower 5B, a form full of malignant malcontents at Chantry, a second-rate British public school, where young John Ebony David Hemmings , fresh from the disillusionments of a job in advertising, has come to teach. His appointment is something of a fluke, his predecessor having died in midterm from a tumble down a nearby cliff, and almost no time at all is lost before the gentlemen of Lower 5B inform their new master that the death was no accident; his predecessor was pushed, and they did the pushing. Ebony's problem, as Lower 5B knows full well, is that if he reports the murder, nobody will believe him he doesn't, at first, believe it himself , but if he keeps quiet and does a few favors for the class—not much work, decent grades for those who want them, bets placed and winnings collected from the local bookie, etc.

As a rebellious teenager, I read the play Unman, Wittering and Zigo at school in the late s with a mixture of relish and disbelief. This material was incendiary, entertaining and also much easier to read than Chaucer or Shakespearean blank verse. The action begins with a chilling, vertiginous sequence, in which an unseen figure takes a fatal plunge over a cliff-top. We learn that the victim was Pelham, a schoolmaster at Chantry, a minor public school located in an unidentified coastal location. Their studied politeness soon gives way to threats of violence, when Ebony tries to impose a Saturday detention. Of course the premise is far-fetched, but the young actors pitch their insolence at just the right level.

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The play is a thriller set in a traditional boys' boarding school where a senior form master has just been killed in a tragic accident. The main character is John Ebony, a teacher in his first job, brought in as a temporary measure, though one he hopes will be confirmed as permanent. Between his rebellious wife Nadia, the eccentric art master Cary Farthingale and the class of Lower 5B, Ebony struggles to exercise power, but is thwarted by reality and a disbelieving Headmaster. The resonant quotation from the play falls to the wise old Farthingale. The play was adapted for television as an episode of BBC 2 's Theatre series and broadcast in June

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