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  • Writer's pictureLiam Gifford

Education, Education, Education (the play and myself)

To start with, here are a few things I love:

  1. Theatre

  2. Education

  3. Bristol

  4. The 90s

All four of these have played a huge role in my personal development and I wouldn't be the person I am today without them. So I was delighted when Joe Plumb (Artistic Director of Horse Box Theatre Company) invited me to direct a new production of Bristol-based theatre collective The Wardrobe Ensemble's brilliant play Education, Education, Education which is set on the day after Labour's monumental election victory in 1997.

After one of the shortest, most testing (testing in that myself and the cast had not worked before, nor ever met in-person) but highly-enjoyable rehearsal periods where the whole play was rehearsed, performed, filmed and edited in isolation during lockdown, the final show is ready to air.

Oh, and it's the first time I have ever directed and worked with an adult cast I do not know, and the first time ever I have edited a video. So I've learnt a few things too!

To get a flavour of the show, watch the teaser trailer here:

Available for only 24 hours on Wednesday 29th July, you can watch our version of Education, Education, Education online from the comfort of your own home. All you need is access to a device linked to the internet and to purchase a ticket. For full details on the show and to purchase tickets, visit:⁣⁣

Profits from ticket sales will be split amongst the cast, so please do purchase tickets and pay what you can to support developing artists impacted by Covid 19⁣

Making this production even sweeter for me was getting the chance to work with NST Youth Theatre members and staff again after the devastating news that NST would be no more. I hope it brings the audience the same enjoyment and much-needed escapism it has given me during this bleak time for the UK theatre industry.

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