The Wardrobe Ensemble

Plays by The Wardrobe Ensemble

Education, Education, Education  

Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Education, Education, Education is a play about British schools in the 1990s, exploring what we are taught and why, and where responsibility lies. It was devised by Bristol-based group, The Wardrobe Ensemble, and first performed at the Pleasance Dome at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2017 (a work-in-progress performance of the show was staged as part of Bristol Ferment at Bristol Old Vic in February 2017). It was co-produced by The Wardrobe Ensemble, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, and Shoreditch Town Hall. It won an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, and went on to tour the UK.

The play is set in a run-down British secondary school, Wordsworth Comprehensive, in 1997, just after the election that saw Tony Blair become Prime Minister. Tobias, a new German placement assisting with foreign languages, addresses the audience directly, and watches on as assorted members of the teaching staff struggle to deal with the demands of their job, their unruly students, and their various personal issues. With the nation riding the wave of New Labour's exhilarating success, Wordsworth Comprehensive continues its remorseless slide into chaos.

The play was devised and written by Tom Brennan, Tom England, Emily Greenslade, Jesse Jones, Kerry Lovell, Jesse Meadows, Helena Middleton, James Newton, Ben Vardy and Edythe Woolley.

The premiere production was directed by Jesse Jones and Helena Middleton, and designed by Lucy Sierra. It was performed by Tom Brennan, Tom England, Emily Greenslade, Kerry Lovell, Jesse Meadows, James Newton and Ben Vardy.

The Wardrobe Ensemble is a Bristol-based group of theatre artists. Their work includes RIOT, 33, 1972: The Future of Sex, and Education, Education, Education.
The company has made numerous shows for families and early years, including Eliza and the Wild Swans, Edgar and the Land of Lost, Eloise and the Curse of the Golden Whisk and The Forever Machine (all co-productions with the Bike Shed Theatre); Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain (a co-production with Bristol Old Vic); and The Star Seekers (a co-production with The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol).