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
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