The Wardrobe Ensemble’s award-winning devised hit Education Education Education is coming to the West End for one month only. We’ve rounded up highlights from some of the production’s rave reviews to date to show you why you definitely don’t want to miss it! Time to get booking!
The co-production with Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Shoreditch Town Hall, runs at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios 1 from 31 May to 29 June 2019, with a post-show Q&A chaired by Mate Terri Paddock on Monday 3 June and a press night on 5 June.
It’s May 1997. Tony Blair has won the election and Katrina and the Waves have won Eurovision. Channel 5 is a month old. The iPhone doesn’t exist, no one knows who Harry Potter is, Titanic is on the shelves of every Blockbuster and we have just won Eurovision. Britain is the coolest place in the world.
At the local secondary school, it’s a different story. Miss Belltop-Doyle can’t control her year 10s, Mr Pashley has been put in charge of a confiscated Tamagotchi and Miss Turner is hoping that this muck-up day goes smoother than the last. Tobias, the German language assistant, watches on. Things can only get better.
Join Terri Paddock for Education Education Education post-show Q&A on 3 June 2019
Education Education Education is The Wardrobe Ensemble’s love letter to the schools of the 1990s and is jam-packed with hits from bands including Oasis, Katrina and the Waves and The Spice Girls, plus references to the Teletubbies, jokes about Take That and the Macarena.
The cast includes Tom Brennan (Paul McIntyre), Ben Vardy (Tim Pashley), Jesse Meadows (Susan Belltop-Doyle), Emily Greenslade (Emily Greenslade), James Newton (Tobias) and Tom England (Hugh Mills). Education Education Education has been devised by The Wardrobe Ensemble and is directed by Jesse Jones and Helena Middleton.
Education Education Education runs from 31 May to 29 June 2019 at Trafalgar Studios 1, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY, with performances Mondays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, matinees on Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced £25-45. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Joyce McMillan: “Tackles its subject with formidable energy and wit, a blizzard of brightly coloured imagery involving a dream encounter with King Arthur and a superb soundtrack of 1990s classics that has the audience stomping in the aisles.”
Rhiannon Evans: “This is a high-energy production presenting the complex relationships at play in a large comprehensive school and shining a light on a time when hopes were high in the education sector in stark contrast with the current situation.”
Natasha Tripney: “The Wardrobe Ensemble excels at taking specific cultural moments and unpacking them… Though it’s crammed with Tamogotchis, Teletubbies references and jokes about Take That, it’s far more than just an exercise in nostalgia.”
Andrzej Lukowski: “Imagine ‘Teachers’ with teeth and you’re somewhere in the ballpark of this slick but fiery new comedy from The Wardrobe Ensemble… It’s the lines the show draws between then and now that elevate it into something special.”
Ann Treneman: “This is an endearing but unflinching look at blackboard Britain. It’s written and devised by The Wardrobe Ensemble, the Bristol-based group, and it has been described as their love letter to the schools of the 1990s.”
Matt Trueman: “It’s 21 years since young Tony Blair laid out his priorities: Education, Education, Education… Wardrobe Ensemble balances that burning idealism with a sense of the chaos churning underneath.”
Emily Champion: “The Wardrobe Ensemble have constructed something of a bittersweet love letter to an era many in the UK idolise with fondness amidst the bleakness of recent years… Hysterical and heart-wrenching in equal measure.”
Joseph McAulay: “A fast-paced and incredibly entertaining look at the education system in Britain… Wonderfully produced, insightful and intelligent love letter to Britpop nostalgia and the schools we grew up with.”
Carn’s Theatre Passion – ★★★★
Rosalind Freeborn: “What riotous fun Education, Education, Education show is… The small band of players conjures the crazed world of an inner-city comprehensive full of bewildered and exhausted teachers and energetic and challenging children.”
Kris Hallett: “If we were playing A Desert Island of theatre than Wardrobe Ensemble’s Education, Education, Education would be what I would ask for. It ticks all the boxes I most love.”