"The play is set in a leafy south London suburb, in the year of an election. Gwen’s husband, Frank, lies ill in bed upstairs while downstairs Harriet, her daughter, is struggling with an essay on "Shakespeare’s view of the family". In the aftermath of Frank’s death we slowly realise we are being drawn into a strangely familiar story - a suburban Hamlet. In different guises here come Claudius, Gertrude, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Polonius and Ophelia. Even the players play their part."

exasperated sigh

(i can’t believe i have to say this again, but it’s been way worse this year than every other year.)


look, i’m a college instructor for lit courses, so i can tell when you’ve actually thought through your prompt or when you’re sending an ask to someone on tumblr in hopes that they’ll give you an easy thesis to write. most of the time i believe you when you say you love this play, but just because you love something doesn’t mean i’ll give you an easy answer for your school work.

instead of sending an ask, spend that time free-writing your thoughts on thb & your prompt and see what you come up with. if you’re genuinely having trouble coming up with anything, go to your prof’s office hours, go to your uni’s writing center, talk to people in your class. i guarantee there is someone you can talk to about these things that is not me.

if you have exhausted every other available source of support, send me a message exhibiting you’ve done substantial work on whatever it is you’re doing with specific questions, and i may send you back some of my thoughts.

i make no promises that i’ll get back to you in a reasonable amount of time or even at all; i teach and study a full load. obviously my own work and my own students take priority. sometimes i don’t even have enough time to make sure the queue for this blog is full let alone reply to messages from students that are not my own.

this may come off as rude, but frankly it’s rude to expect someone you don’t know/have never spoken to/don’t even know their name to help you with schoolwork when you haven’t even done the initial stages yourself or sought out help through actual provided means. 

i will no longer reply to every request for school help. assume this as your response if you don’t hear back from me.

-your fythb mod

Anonymous Asked:

So excited for THB to tour again, but is it just me that cannot imagine Hector being portrayed by anybody but Richard Griffiths?

I’ve seen the play several times with different Hectors, so unfortunately I’m not on the same train! I think the key is: don’t try to play Hector as Richard Griffiths would play him, play Hector as you would play him. It’s the eternal question, though, when you act! 


1/100 Favourite Films → The History Boys (2006)

'Was Poland taken by surprise?'

'To some extent… But they knew something was up.'


Pass the parcel. That’s sometimes all you can do. Take it, feel it, and pass it on. Not for me, not for you, but for someone, somewhere, one day. Pass it on, boys.

Anonymous Asked:

Thanks for your blog! As the only college student I know, bar one, who loves this genius play to pieces, your blog is spectacular! Thank you very much for 'passing the parcel'!

Thanks! I’m glad you like it. :)

Anonymous Asked:

Hiya, just wondering if you'd made any gifs of Stephen Campbell Moore in bbc one our zoo? Lovely blog!

hi! I haven’t made any gifs, actually; I just reblog what’s out there. But I don’t remember that, sorry. Maybe one of these days I’ll get around to tagging all the posts! This started way before tagging was a thing people used as an organizational tool, whoops.

Thanks for following!

“I’d have thought you’d have liked that. It’s a compound adjective. You like compound adjectives.”

- Dorothy Lintott on the word ‘cunt-struck’.

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Samuel Anderson in the History Boys 2006

also, you know, russell tovey, sam barnett, andrew knott, sacha dhawan, jamie parker, and james cordon. and sort of dcoop.


Samuel Anderson in the History Boys 2006

also, you know, russell tovey, sam barnett, andrew knott, sacha dhawan, jamie parker, and james cordon.

and sort of dcoop.


Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye  »  Gracie Fields

Give me a smile I can keep all the while
In my heart while I'm away
Till we meet once again, you and I
Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye