Adi Bloom

Art imitates classroom life at Edinburgh festival

Comedy and drama inspired by challenges in education hits the Scottish capital

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The state of teaching is so parlous, Jo D’Arcy (pictured) says, that quitting the profession to become a stand-up comedian felt like a sensible career choice.

“It cost me a fortune to train as a teacher,” D’Arcy, who now couples supply work at a Staffordshire secondary with the stand-up circuit, says. “But it was so stressful that I left. Now I go up and down the country, playing to working-men’s clubs. But that’s a better option. What does that say?”

D’Arcy’s one-woman show, D’Arcehole, is one of a number of school-related shows that are being performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this ...

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