The Bike Shed Theatre


Wardrobe Ensemble

An epic tale of violence, greed and cheap sofas.

10 February 2005. At the stroke of midnight the British public punch, kick, strangle and eventually stab their way to £45 sofas and £35 bed frames at the opening of their favourite Swedish furniture store.

Riot is a true story set in a lamp-lit flat-pack universe bursting with violence, chaos and more characters than you can throw a meatball at. Hammered together with physical theatre and music, The Wardrobe Ensemble tear up the instructions and disregard the diagrams to construct a comedic tragedy of a thoroughly modern kind.

Riot was devised over several months and performed at the Bristol Old Vic Studio in June 2011. It was transferred to Edinburgh Fringe to critical acclaim, sell-out audiences and a nomination for The Stage Award for Acting Excellence: Best Ensemble. Here it cau ght the zeitgeist with its tale of consumption and crowds out of control, with a backdrop of summer looting.

“…funny, raw, bold, very clever and richly promising.”
Tom Morris, Artistic Director, Bristol Old Vic

What’s On Stage, Fringe Guru, EdFringe Review,
Exeunt Magazine, Counter Culture

The Scotsman, The Theatre Guide London,
Broadway Baby, Fest, Edinburgh Spotlight

A Stage 'MUST SEE!'