28 Jun 2022

Caplis offers a comic take on his experiences as a teacher

Caplis offers a comic take on his experiences as a teacher

John Caplis plays Dolan’s Upstairs on Thursday, October 6

'WHAT did Michael Collins do after the War of Independence? Answer: 'He made a movie'.

Comedian and teacher John Caplis, who has received countless humorous answers from students in exam papers, is bringing his real-life experiences to the stage next month on the Dolan's Upstairs stage.

Entitled 12 Years A Teacher, Caplis' sketches are an autobiographical "tale of pain, stress, heartache with a good dose of laughter, which takes a satirical look at the life of a substitute teacher”. 

Speaking to the Limerick Leader, the UL graduate explained that the show is "basically a cathartic rant", which recalls his experiences as a history teacher over the last 12 years, both here in Ireland and in the UK. 

The show includes many tales from his teaching days, including his first job in Finglas, Dublin, and how he managed to get away with saying the 'f' word to a class full of first years, whilst explaining how Newgrange was built.

John also relays the challenge of teaching history as an Irishman in England, especially when his first topic was Oliver Cromwell - under the subheading ‘Brave or Badman’.

However, he said that all challenges did not come without some moments of laughter, including some of the answers that he has corrected over the years in exams. 

As well as the above example, he mentioned others that stand out in his mind.

When he asked students why the 'The Stone Age, one of the earliest known periods in history, was called the Stone Age', the answer he received was: 'Because that’s when stones were introduced into Ireland'.

"Overall, 12 Years A Teacher is a show which will must certainly connect with fellow substitute teachers or anybody who dares to recall their own days in secondary school," he said.

John Caplis brings his comedy show 12 Years A Teacher to Dolan's Upstairs on Thursday, October 6.

See for more information and to book tickets.

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