I’m feeling nostalgic already! Can’t wait to return to Trafalgar Studios, this time in the main house, and talk to The Wardrobe Ensemble about Education, Education, Education their award-winning throwback to the 1990s and the halcyon days of ‘Cool Britannia’.
It’s May 1997. 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.
“First a Eurovision win and now Tony’s our new Prime Minister. I can barely recognize this country; you know I actually saw people smiling on the train this morning.”
At the local secondary school, it’s a different story. It’s the last week of term and Tobias, the new German language assistant has just arrived in the UK. While political change occurs outside of the classroom, a revolution slowly starts to take place within it. Tobias is greeted by a group of eccentric schoolteachers just trying to make it through the day, including Miss Belltop-Doyle who can’t control her year 10s and Mr Pashley who is trying to keep a confiscated Tamagotchi alive.
This whip-smart show is a love letter to education in the 90s and is jam-packed with more hits than ‘Now That’s What I Call 1997’ including Oasis, Katrina and the Waves, The Spice Girls and crammed with Teletubbies references, jokes about Take That and the Macarena.
The Wardrobe Ensemble uses its singular style of irreverent humour and inventive theatricality to dissect education and responsibility at the dawn of Blair’s Britain in 1997. In Education, Education, Education audiences are thrown back to the 90s; the music, the fads and the icons as well as issues that remain pertinent to the 21st-century experience.
The piece, written by The Wardrobe Ensemble, is directed by the company’s Jesse Jones and Helen Middleton and stars Tom England, Emily Greenslade, Jesse Meadows, James Newton, Tom Brennan and Ben Vardy.