education education education play
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.
Education, Education, Education is The Wardrobe Ensemble’s love letter to the schools of the 1990s and asks big questions about a country in special measures, exploring what we are taught and why, and where responsibility lies.
It’s May 1997. Tony Blair has won the election and Katrina and the Waves have won Eurovision. The iPhone doesn’t exist, no one knows who Harry Potter is and Titanic is on the shelves of every Blockbuster. Britain is the coolest place in the world.
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.
Running in Trafalgar Studios 1 from 31 May to 29 June, the piece is set in a run-down 1997 secondary school that slowly slides into chaos.
Co-produced by The Wardrobe Ensemble, Royal and Derngate and Shoreditch Town Hall, the production first premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017 where it won a Scotsman Fringe First Award.