South Western

by The Wardrobe Ensemble

Supported by Arts Council England

South Western premiered at Tobacco Factory Theatres in July 2018.

Award-winning Bristol company The Wardrobe Ensemble (Education,  Education, Education and 1972: The Future of Sex) present an odyssey of revenge from the mean streets of Bristol to the perilous cliffs of Cornwall, via Wookey Hole, the Eden Project and Easton-in-Gordano services.

With a shotgun in one hand and a packet of pickled onion Monster Munch in the other, drenched by rain and facing the final frontier of the wilderness, The Wardrobe Ensemble present an epic tale of blood, guts and cider.

Notorious villains, uneasy alliances, doomed love affairs and thigh-slapping folk music: a spaghetti western with Cornish pasties.

Written and created by the company


Tom Crosley-Thorne, Tom England, Emily Greenslade, Jesse Jones, Kerry Lovell, Jesse Meadows, Helena Middleton, Ben Vardy

Directed by                             Stage Manager

Tom Brennan                           Emily Greenslade

Composer                                Assistant Stage Manager

Tom Crosley-Thorne               Maddy Coward

Design                                      Production photography

Anna Orton                              Chelsey Cliff


Matt Graham

Sound Design

Benjamin Grant


James Newton

'a riotous wild west homage... as charming – and impossible to categorise – as their previous shows...rivalling Patrick Barlow’s much-loved adaptation of The 39 Steps for theatrical inventiveness.'

★★★ The Guardian


'buckle up, pack your pint as well as your pistol, and get ready for a rip-roaring ride that proves Wardrobe Ensemble are some of the best in the West.'

★★★★ ReviewsHub

To all those to who supported our Kickstarter Campaign, we owe you our deepest gratitude.

This show would not have been possible without you.

Adam Dangoor
Adam Palmer
Andrew Harrison
Anna Orton
Archy de Berker
Betty & Ray Llewellyn

Christopher Elmer-Gorry

David Gholam
David Lockwood
David Morgan
Deans of Ashfields
Dr Philip J Naylor
Elli & Haya Vardy
Emily Rosannah Davis

Emma Smith
Erica Mynard
Grace England
Gregory Baird Frame

Haidee Becker
Henry Jones
Iain Tidbury
Imogen Hughes
Ina Berggren
Isaac Price-Sosner
Jack Drewry
James Brennan
James Dacre
James Ellis
Jenny Etches
Jo Field
John & Julie Middleton

Josh Howells & Harriet Holloway

Joshua Welch
Judith Baker
Judith Dimant
Kate & Nath Reed
Kirren Ben Senivassen

Leah Tozer
Lyrica Singers

Margaret & Gordon Newton

Matthew Neubauer

Naomi Miller
Nicola McPhee
Oliver Bennett & Karen Jones

Olya & Bryan Brown

Philippa Hogg
Rachael Duthie
Richard & Jenny Grant

Richard Perkins
Rob & Adele Barward-Symmons

Rosalind Bull
Rosie Giarratana
Samir Jeraj
Samuel Bull
Shauna Gogerly
Simon Baker
Sophia Walsh
Stephen Robert Black

Steve Roser
The Hanham Family
The Proctor-Lanes

Thomas Fitzmaurice
Tom Fletcher
Wendy Newton

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