Comedians is a play by Trevor Griffiths, set in a Manchester evening class for aspiring working-class comedians. It was first performed at the Nottingham Playhouse on 20 February 1975, in a production directed by Richard Eyre. The cast included Jonathan Pryce as the main character, Gethin Price, Stephen Rea and the comedian and music hall performer Jimmy Jewel as the teacher. The play deals with political issues such as sexism and racism. A BBC television version in the Play for Today series was transmitted 25 October 1979 with Bill Fraser as the teacher.
The play is set in the bleakness of 1970s Manchester, changing scene from a school classroom to a social club and back again. Various evening classes take place in the classroom, including a stand-up comedy course taught by Eddie Waters, a retired comedian.
Lyric Hammersmith, 2009
Directed by Sean Holmes
David Dawson was nominated in 2010 for Best Supporting Actor in the What’s On Stage awards for his role as Gethin Price in Comedians.