Emerging theatre company The Wardrobe Ensemble make their first visit to the Ustinov Studio next month with their inspired take on the story of the trapped Chilean miners.


In August 2010, 33 miners were trapped 700 feet underground at a mine in a remote part of Chile. As days passed with no hope of rescue, the men were presumed to be dead, and excavation attempts were more for retrieving their bodies than rescuing survivors. Seventeen days after the initial collapse, a note appeared attached to a drill bit. It simply read “Estamos bien en el refugio, los 33” (“We are well in the shelter, the 33 of us”). The world’s attention focussed on Chile, as the nation demanded that their men be returned to the surface, and an audacious rescue attempt took place in the full glare of a media circus.


The Wardrobe Ensemble uses soulful stories, macho choreograpy and original music to present their take on the Chilean miners’ story, portraying the drama of the 33 men trapped half a mile underground, the journalists in the desert above them and the world that watched from afar. A tale of friendship, hope and Elvis Presley, 33 is an outlandish, touching and funny modern-legend of men on the brink of death, fame and madness.


★★★★★ “Devised theatre of the highest quality: daring, unique, and imaginative… incredibly clever and relentlessly energetic… I expect big things for the future of the group.” EdFringe Review


The Wardrobe Ensemble is an emerging Company made up of nine Theatre practitioners, aged from 21 – 25, based in Bristol and London. 33 was developed at the National Theatre Studio, the Berkshire Fringe Festival and the Bristol Old Vic.


33 is at the Ustinov Studio on Friday 14th & Saturday 15th February. Tickets are on sale now from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844, or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk/ustinov