Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon attended the launch for new rock musical Wasted about the Bronte sisters. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect…
Playing at the Southwark Playhouse from the 6th September, Wasted is a brand new rock musical that follows the ups and downs in the lives of the Bronte sisters, featuring music by Christopher Ash and book and lyrics by Carl Miller.
Through the lens of a rock documentary, Wasted gives an access-all-areas account of the struggles, heartbreaks and triumphs of the three Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and their brother Branwell. Brought up in a remote, poverty-stricken town in Yorkshire, without money or opportunity, they fought ill-health, unrequited love and family feuds to write some of the most celebrated literature including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.
During the launch, it was announced that the cast for the musical directed by Adam Lenson is set to include Natasha Barnes as Charlotte Brontë with Siobhan Athwal as Emily Brontë, Molly Lynch as Anne Brontë and Matthew Jacobs Morgan as Branwell Brontë.
Over the course of the evening, there were a number of performances from the cast and special guests. It included performances of songs from the musical including ‘We All Write’, ‘Ordinary Woman’ and ‘Before My Time’ as well as readings from Emily Bronte’s work read by Tracie Bennett, Katie Bernstein and Liza Sadovy.
Meanwhile, the production is set to include in its creative team: musical direction by Tamara Saringer, set and costume design by Libby Todd, lighting design by Matt Daw and sound design by Mike Thacker. Movement director is Natasha Harrison, associate director is Grace Taylor, associate set and costume designer is Rachael Ryan, associate movement director is Christina Fulcher and associate musical director is Joe Bunker.
Wasted is set to play at the Southwark Playhouse from the 6th September until the 6th October. For more information visit: https://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show/wasted/