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Class act asks tough questions about the state of our schools

BOROUGH-born actress Imogen Slaughter knows a thing or two about schools.

BOROUGH-born actress Imogen Slaughter knows a thing or two about schools.

Her father, Giles, used to be headmaster at Solihull School until the family upped sticks to London, when Imogen was six.

So the former St Alphege Infants pupil has plenty to ponder as she prepares to return to the region for her role in Birmingham Rep’s Gravity, which will be on stage at the Midlands Arts Centre in Cannon Hill Park.

She says the play, penned by former teacher Arzhang Pezhman and set in an inner-city academy, poses some tough questions about the current state of the education system.

“I don’t think schools are something we talk about enough, I suppose a play like this could open a massive can of worms.

“Today there’s a lot of emphasis on Ofsted and performance targets and sometimes the pastoral care of the pupils is forgotten.”

And Imogen’s certainly no stranger to the stage.

“I love theatre, it’s immediate, there can be a different reaction every night.”

And can she remember the first time she trod the boards? “My stage debut was in Solihull! I played the dove in Orpheus and the Underworld when I was about four.”

Gravity is on at the Mac from February 23-March 3. For tickets call 0121 236 4455.



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