1972: The Future of Sex
by The Wardrobe Ensemble
Commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall. Developed at Shoreditch Town Hall and Bristol Ferment
Shoreditch Town Hall
Zoo Monkey House, Edinburgh Fringe
The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
The Bikeshed Theatre, Exeter
The Hub, Leeds
The Lowry, Manchester
South Hill Park, Bracknell
The Old Market, Brighton
The Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth
The Almeida Theatre
Bristol Old Vic
Commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall
Supported by Arts Council England
Photos by Jack Offord 2015
It’s 1972. An era of possibility and polyester and pubic hair.
Ziggy Stardust is on Top of the Pops, Penny is writing an essay on Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Christine is watching Deepthroat. Brian is confused. Our parents are 20 and they’re having sex.
The Wardrobe Ensemble are telling the story of the class of 1972 with a live band and some spacehoppers. A 90-minute romp through the ins and outs of those excellently awkward first sexual encounters.
1972: The Future of Sex is the latest offering from The Wardrobe Ensemble. Devised by the company, the show uses The Wardrobe Ensemble’s trademark inventive theatricality, irreverent humour and spectacular ensemble moments to tell the story of 3 couples having sex for the first time in 1972.
We were inspired to make the show after considering our own attitudes towards sex in 2015. The prevalence of easily accessible internet porn for young people, the current state of feminism, the disparity in each individual’s sex education and the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the UK and Ireland are all urgent topics which affect us in modern Britain. We want to use the lens of the seventies; a post sexual revolution era, a time of the pill, of second wave feminism, David Bowie, a time of sexual possibility, to comment on sex and relationships today.
Written and created by the company
Tom England, Emily Greenslade, Kerry Lovell, Jesse Meadows, Helena Middleton, James Newton, Ben Vardy
Jesse Jones & Tom Brennan
Composer and musician
Tom Crosley-Thorne and the company
Rob Prentice, Tom Crosley-Thorne and Cliff Thorne
Relighter on tour
Tom Brennan and Ben Jacobs
Louie Isaaman Jones
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