Unman, Wittering and Zigo by Giles Cooper
Produced by Donald McWhinnie
BBC Third programme 23 Nov 1958


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. "Authority is a necessary evil, and every bit as evil as it is necessary."
Alan Bennett credits Giles Cooper and the play's influence in his creation of The History Boys.

The Cast:Edit

Jean England
Alice Esmie-Bell
Harold Young
Will Leighton