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. At the Tobacco Factory Theatre summer 2018.
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.
‘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.’
The Unmarried recreates the highs of a good night out, the dancing and pulling and shagging – but also the rush of falling in love, of making money, of buying a house, all against a “thumping soundtrack” (The Stage) of ’90s garage and dance tracks, reinvented by sound composer Tom Crosley-Thorne, and Zoe Spurr’s sparkly and inventive lighting design.
This show required reproductions of 90’s garage hits for a beatboxer and singer to perform alongside. These were then combined with live DJ techniques to recreate the atmosphere of a club night.
The Wind in the Willows was performed at The Core at Corby Cube for Christmas 2017. An 80’s stylised adaptation of the Kenneth Grahame novel by The Wardrobe Ensemble. “A captivating re-telling of a much-loved tale which will no doubt help to win over a whole new generation of fans” – Northamptonshire Telegraph.
Alongside the 80’s aesthetic this project required a nostalgic retro-synth soundscape. Produced for a mid-scale theatre this show boasted an onstage band with a live bassist, guitarist, keyboard player and vocalists, performing a range of original songs written by Tom and the cast as well as hits from this iconic era.
Below is an instrumental sample of the retro 80’s sound used in the show.
Originally titled Rocky: A Horror Show. This is a raucous mash up of Rocky Balboa and the Rocky Horror Picture Show called created for The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol. The show received great reviews from regional press and completely sold out its two month long run. “Rocky is good fun and exceptionally well made” – B24/7. This show is back on tour as Rock Shock Horror for the festive season 2018-19.
From classic rock and roll cliches to heartfelt musical theatre solos Rocky: A Horror Show required a wide range of songs culminating in over twenty fully produced backing tracks for the cast to sing on top.
“A smash hit must-see… Fantastically entertaining.” ★★★★ The Fix.
All music composed and produced by Tom Crosley-Thorne, lyrics by the company.
Tom is an associate artist of The Wardrobe Ensemble and performed on their 2016/17 UK tour as an onstage musician in 1972: The Future of Sex. This show will be returning to the Bristol Old Vic Studio in May 2019.
The show earned raving reviews and five star ratings in national press resulting in the cast receiving the award for ‘Acting Excellence’ from The Stage. His composition for this show included pre-recorded full band productions, onstage dynamic guitar work and large scale songs. Resulting in praise from well known publications such as – The Guardian, The Times and The Telegraph.
“Praise must also go to the music of Tom Crosley-Thorne and the company’s seamless integration of a live sound score … it not only felt right in this context but essential” ★★★★ LGBT Arts Review
Below you can hear a selection of demos produced for the Wardrobe Ensembles show 1972: The Future of Sex.