By Daniel Rusteau Tue 16 May – Sat 3 Jun 23 75 minutes
The Upcoming
Voice Mag
Playhouse Pickings
Theatre Bee
Idealistic Ashley is in her second year of teaching at one of the lowest ranked secondary schools in London.

When she reports her favourite student brought a hunting knife onto school premises, she’s stunned by the sudden reaction of a bureaucratic head-teacher. Ashley is determined to save him from expulsion but quickly finds herself fighting a problematic system, apprehensive colleagues, and intimidating and unforgiving parents.

Tony Craze Award shortlisted playwright Daniel Rusteau’s debut play Dismissed is a grounded and propulsive, witty but hard-hitting drama that shines a light on class and racism in the state education system and raises questions about masculinity, punishment and parenting of young Black men.

There will be post-show events taking place after each Saturday matinee performance. Further details to be announced soon.


This production is supported by Citz Futures Traineeships. This is a programme run by Cardboard Citizens in partnership with THE UPSETTERS which provides paid opportunities for people without significant prior work experience and with experience of homelessness, inequity, or poverty to gain hands-on experience of working in theatre alongside industry professionals.

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'Daniel Rusteau’s powerful debut... [he] creates a deeply absorbing and compelling scenario: from start to finish, everyone is hooked.'
The Upcoming
'Georgia-Mae Myers’s performance was effective and touching... powerful and poignant.'
Voice Mag
'Highly gripping and thought-provoking, Dismissed is a play without a single dull moment... the play does a remarkable job of giving adequate airtime to both points of view... Rusteau gives us a beautifully intricate sketch of her character, and actress Georgia-Mae Myers delivers with aplomb.'
Theatre Bee
'Successfully explore complicated racial and class dynamics in the classroom with nuance through heartfelt performances, a stripped-down set design, and poignant writing.'
'thoughtful, well-performed... with engaging dialogue and an eye for humour.'
British Theatre Guide
'A message we ignore at our peril... crisp and urgent giving a sense of desperation... this excellent play... throws light on the issues at hand.'
Playhouse Pickings

Media gallery


Georgia-Mae Myers


Rebecca Crankshaw


Corey Montague-Sholay


Jon McGuinness


Bonnie Baddoo



Daniel Rusteau


Nikhil Vyas


Amanda Ramasawmy

Set and Costume Design


Sound Design

Laura Howard

Lighting Design

Kwami Odoom

Movement Director

Holly Adomah


Ella Godbold-Holmes

Stage Manager

Marcus Bernard