Following Mica Theatre's sold out, Offie nominated and unanimous four and five star reviewed run at the Jack Theatre Wasted by Kae Tempest is back! In collaboration with Nouveau Riche, Wasted is transferring to Catford's Broadway Theatre!
“You know what your problem is, mate? You just sit around, expecting life to happen for you. Waiting for it all to just land in your fuckin’ lap…"
Ten years on from the death of their best mate, Tony, three friends Danny, Charlotte, and Ted are all now in their mid-20s and confronted by the choices they did or didn’t make.
With a new perspective from Director Toby Clarke, Kae Tempest’s rapid-fire Wasted, is a play about friendship, South London’s stranglehold and the kind of dreams you’re too shit-scared to chase.
Press for Wasted 2022
‘Wasted is a fast-paced, dynamic play, debuting MICA Theatre with a bang. A show that entertains and touches the audience from beginning to end… From the funny and lighthearted scenes of a club night, to the heart-wrenching moment of Tony’s death, all directorial decisions enhance an already brilliant script by Kae Tempest… it’s the most beautiful act of balance and ensemble I have ever seen on stage.’ ★★★★★ Always Time for Theatre
‘The energy is palpable… Tempest is a wordsmith extraordinaire. Like the physical setting, each act connects through the movement and poetic dialogue — almost like a rap. The storyline is in continuous flux as you follow the characters’ thoughts and conversations over the course of a day. The language is witty, descriptive, and in keeping with millennials… It’s an engaging and thought-provoking performance by all.’ ★★★★★ Everything Theatre
‘it is beautifully done. With TJ Roderick and Joseph Peck’s sound design and Rupert Cross’ compositions, a cracking energy is conjured – matched by the saturated hues of Pablo Fernandez Baz’s pitch-perfect lighting.’ ★★★★ There Ought to be Clowns
‘This is a very impressive first outing for MICA Theatre… Wasted is a bold, forthright and challenging production has excellent chemistry between the cast members and credibility in all they say. ‘ ★★★★ Broadway Baby
‘Wasted should be on the National Curriculum, it is a masterclass of youthful self-destruction which, like the best theatre, has the power to change lives.’ British Theatre Guide
Wasted received its first performance in July 2011 at the Latitude Festival in a production by Paines Plough, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and The Roundhouse, and was subsequently revived in 2012 and 2013 as part of two Paines Plough national tours.
MICA Theatre is a brand-new theatre company standing for Matters I care about. MICA are dedicated to telling stories that reflect you and ultimately make you care. Care for the characters, the story, the world and so in turn… something you’ve heard a thousand times could potentially land quite differently. MICA believes in creating theatre that welcomes all communities. Communities who may never have experienced theatre. Theatre that you believe. Theatre that moves you. All whilst maintaining compelling, creative, and imaginative storytelling.
Kae Tempest is a poet. They are also a writer, a lyricist, a performer, playwright, and a recording artist. They have published plays, poems, a novel, a book length non-fiction essay, released albums and toured extensively, selling out shows from Reykjavik to Rio de Janeiro. They received Mercury Music Prize nominations for both of the albums Everybody Down and Let Them Eat Chaos and two Ivor Novello nominations for their song-writing on The Book of Traps and Lessons. They were named a Next Generation Poet in 2014, a once in a decade accolade. They received the Ted Hughes Award for their longform narrative poem Brand New Ancients and the Leone D’Argento at the Venice Teatro Biennale for their work as a playwright. Their books have been translated into eleven languages and published to critical acclaim around the world. They were born in London in 1985 where they still live. They hope to continue putting words together for a long time.
Toby Clarke has had an extensive career in Theatre, TV and Film as a Director, Playwright and Acting Coach spanning over 20 years. He directed the Olivier Award Nominated Warheads at Park Theatre. Toby was the Acting Coach on HBO’s new drama, Get Millie Black, and is currently working on the BBC’s Feature Film, Christy. As a Writer, Toby has been shortlisted for the Bruntwood Playwriting Award and made the final shortlist for this year’s BBC Writers Room.
Previous reviews for Wasted
‘A slender, wistful three way play that’s seductive as smoke’ Time Out
‘An ingenious whole that’s funny and true… dynamic poetry that’s full of vividly phrased acute observation… spot-on’ The Guardian