The Film Society, set in an English boys’ school in Durban, South Africa in 1970 during apartheid, is a fine and intelligent play highlighted, in its Keen Company production, by brilliant acting.
The characters form a close-knit group all intimately associated with Blenheim School. We meet Jonathon, once a student there, now a teacher with a “film society” as his pet project, trying to watch a film — practically embracing his portable projector in the dark, while the school is roiled in turmoil. The resident hot-head liberal, Jonathon’s friend and colleague Terry, put in charge of arranging a school celebration, brought in a Black minister to speak. Now the minister has been arrested for appearing on stage, yes arrested. And the school’s parents are up-in-arms at this “commie” breach of the walls of what they want to see as a conservative British bastion.