from an original work by E. R. Braithwaite
Ayub Khan Din's To Sir, With Love is a play based on E.R. Braithwaite's 1959 autobiographical novel of the same name. It was first performed at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, on 10 September 2013 (previews from 7 September).
Ricardo ('Rick') Braithwaite, an ex-RAF fighter pilot and Cambridge graduate, arrives in London in 1948. Despite his First Class degree in electronic engineering he is turned down for job after job in his chosen profession and discovers the reality of life as a black man in post-war England. Taking the only job he can get, Rick begins his first teaching post, in a tough but progressive East End school. Supported by an enlightened headmaster, Leon Florian, the determined teacher turns teenage rebelliousness into self-respect, contempt into consideration and hate into love, and on the way, Rick himself learns that he has more in common with his students than he had realised.
The Royal & Derngate premiere was directed by Mark Babych and designed by Mike Britton, with a cast including Matthew Kelly as Florian and Ansu Kabia as Rick. The production later toured the UK.