GENRE: Coming-of-age Drama
FORMAT: TV Drama
Virgin Schoolboys was adapted from the stage version, of which readings were previously performed at City University and Sadlers Wells theatre, London. Directed by Penny Leicester and Deborah Sathe, and development with dramaturg David Lane.
Written by Harry Otto Brünjes
England, the late 1990's:
A charismatic group of 13-year-old-old boys are joined in the dormitory by the working class, Christian. Kick-starting multiple storylines and character narratives, the whole year is set a task called "The Headmaster's Project". The potential challenge of Christian's street credentials are immediately seized upon as a weakness by the other male pupils, ending in a fight with the posh Archi. Christian leaves but returns in order to face up to his own potential, his peers and the institution. Disguising his intimidation, Christian incites a rebellion against "The Headmaster's Project" whilst gaining authority on the football field and the affections of the much desired Verity. After a series of rallying events, the boy's individually wimp out, continuing their projects in secret. It is seemingly too late for Christian to recover and facing expulsion, he emotionally succumbs to Verity's advances when they are caught in the bath together.
Christian is gratefully allowed one last chance at the school on the condition that he completes his project. But when he finally succeeds, he finds the world around him conspiring to destroy his project and have him expelled for good, climaxing in a grand showdown in "The Great Hall". In the commotion the bust of the school's founder is smashed.