Kate Tempest’s new show, Wasted, is not an ordinary play but showcases a new form mixing heightened language, music and theatre into the one piece.
The play explores the distractions of modern life in being a young person growing up in a city environment and how drugs can distract individuals from what they really believe in, so they might use them as a way of coping with the struggles of the environment rather than taking time to face themselves. Director, Elsie Edgerton-Till said,
“Wasted is a play by Kate Tempest but when I say play, It’s the wrong word. This really is an experience, Kate is inviting us to seek but more importantly to feel something. It’s an exploration of what it means to love life and in today’s society and the challenges and distractions that surround us and she’s really asking us to face ourselves and it’s a really exciting work.”
Audiences will have a short session of local slam poets in most shows at the beginning, followed by the second act, which will be Wasted.
“Kate Tempest’s work is both slam poetry or heightened language, slam poetry is the closest thing that I can use to describe it because really there’s nothing like this work which is why it’s so exciting, and there are also theatrical aspects and the two interplay with each other in a really unique and exciting way,” Edgerton-Till said.
They hope audiences attend the performance and experience it, feeling something rather than thinking something.
“We’ve got such an amazing design team on this so it’s a very visual experience, and it’s something that’s really unique and exciting. I’m such a fan of Kate Tempest and her work and I think she’s created something that isn’t one or the other, it’s an interesting new form and that’s what really excited me about the piece and we have such an incredible team working on it,” Edgerton-Till concluded.
Until Dec 9. The Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville $30-$40. Tickets & Info: www.tkcaus.com
By Jade Morellini