Irreverent humour takes audiences back to 1997 with Education, Education, Education

the cast of the wardrobe ensembles education at the royal and derngate

As part of the Made in Northampton season, award-winning theatre company The Wardrobe Ensemble will perform their new show Education, Education, Education at Royal & Derngate from Tuesday 10 to Saturday 14 October, following its world premiere at this summer’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

A co-production between The Wardrobe Ensemble, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, and Shoreditch Town Hall, Education, Education, Education was rehearsed and developed at Royal & Derngate, and tours the UK this autumn. A hugely successful run at the Edinburgh garnered the company a prestigious Fringe First along with The Stage Edinburgh Award for Best Ensemble.

Following their exploration of sex, relationships and intimacy in 1972: The Future of Sex, The Wardrobe Ensemble will dissect education and responsibility at the dawn of Blair’s Britain in 1997 in Education, Education, Education. Recent winners of The Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice for theatre, The Wardrobe Ensemble use their trademark irreverent humour and inventive theatricality to confront issues that are most pertinent to the twenty-first century experience.

It’s May 1997. Tony Blair has won the election and Katrina and the Waves have won Eurovision. Channel 5 is a month old. No one knows who Harry Potter is.

At the local secondary school it’s a different story. Miss Belltop-Doyle can’t control her year 9s, Mr Pashley has been put in charge of a confiscated tamagotchi and for some unknown reason Princess Anne is attending the Year 11 leavers assembly. Tobias, the German language assistant, watches on. Things can only get better.

The cast of Education, Education, Education includes Tom Brennan, Ben Vardy, Kerry Lovell, Jesse Meadows, Emily Greenslade, James Newton and Greg Shewring. The play has been devised by The Wardrobe Ensemble and directed by Jesse Jones and Helena Middleton. Jesse Jones returns to Royal & Derngate where he was Resident Assistant Director in 2016. His directing credits while in Northampton include A Day to Remember, Market Boy and Second Star to the Right.

Education, Education, Education takes to the Royal stage from Tuesday 10 to Saturday 14 October at 7.45pm, with matinees at 2.30pm on Thursday and Saturday. Tickets – priced £16* – can be booked by calling Box Office on 01604 624811 or online at The production contains adult themes.

* A charge of £3 applies for all transactions over £15. Does not apply to Groups, Friends or Disabled Patrons, and is per-transaction, not per-ticket.