Stardust memories for Wardrobe Ensemble’s 1972: The Future of Sex

The Wardrobe Ensemble's 1972 The Future of Sex. Credit Jack Offord

Bristol-based, award-winning theatre company The Wardrobe Ensemble is on the road with its poptastic production 1972: The Future of Sex touring across the UK this spring.

The show, which won the Stage Award for Acting Excellence in 2015, is currently playing at the company’s base, the Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol, where it is part of Tobacco Factory Theatres BEYOND until this Saturday. The production will then tour to eight venues across the UK, including a two-week residency at Shoreditch Town Hall.

1972: The Future of Sex, devised by the company, uses its trademark inventive theatricality, irreverent humour and spectacular ensemble moments to tell the story of three couples having sex for the first time on the night that David Bowie first appeared as Ziggy Stardust on Top of the Pops.

Directors of 1972: The Future of Sex Tom Brennan and Jesse Jones said: “We’re thrilled to take 1972: The Future of Sex on the road to some of our favourite venues across the UK and to see it grow and develop in front of lots of different audiences.

“Originally, we wanted to make a show about sex because it’s something we all have opinions on and experience of. However, once we started rehearsals it became clear that a conversation about shagging is also a conversation about a whole host of other prickly subjects: power, gender, choice, representation, equality, identity and oppression.

“We decided to use the lens of the ’70s to examine the topic because, as well as being a pivotal moment in sexual history (a seemingly consequence-free era post-the pill and pre-AIDS,) it also gave us the distance to comment on sex and sexuality today. It also gave us a really great soundtrack.”

The Wardrobe Ensemble’s previous plays include RIOT, 33, Eliza and the Wild Swans, Edgar and the Land of Lost, Eloise and the Curse of the Golden Whisk and The Star Seekers.

The full cast for the production includes: Tom Crosley-Thorne, Tom England, Emily Greenslade, Kerry Lovell, Jesse Meadows, Helena Middleton, James Newton and Ben Vardy.

1972- The Future of Sex Trailer from The Wardrobe Ensemble on Vimeo.

2016 Tour Dates

Until Saturday, The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
March 29-April 9, The Bikeshead Theatre, Exeter
April 12-23, Shoreditch Town Hall, London
May 2, The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury
May 8, The Hub, Leeds
May 20, The Lowry, Manchester
May 25, South Hill Park, Bracknell
May 27-28, The Old Market, Brighton
June 14-18, The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth

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