Through the lens of a rock documentary, Wasted is a brand new musical that 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.
Never afraid to rebel against expectations, the lives behind the pages expose a struggling, squabbling, ferociously driven, drug-fuelled crash and burn trajectory from obscurity to celebrity and ultimately to their untimely deaths. Coupled with a rock score from Christopher Ash (Showstoppers – Oliver Award winner for Best Entertainment), book and lyrics by Carl Miller (Emil and the Detectives, National Theatre), directed by Adam Lenson (Superhero), the Brontës ask – was it all wasted?
This is the Brontës as you’ve never seen them before.
Natasha Barnes plays Charlotte Brontë. Theatre includes Funny Girl (UK Tour, covered and played Fanny Brice at Menier Chocolate Factory and Savoy Theatre), Cinderella (London Palladium), Tryst (Tabard Theatre), American Idiot (Arts Theatre), The Boy Who Fell Into a Book (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), Chess (Union Theatre), Snow White (Old Vic Theatre and Tour), Come Dancing (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Lend Me a Tenor (Gielgud Theatre), I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Spring Awakening (Lyric Hammersmith and Novello Theatre). Television includes Doc Martin and Doctors. Radio includes The Day I Finished off Charlotte Brontë, The Wonderful World of Allaetitia and Alice Through The Looking Glass. Concerts include Mack and Mabel (Hackney Empire).
Siobhan Athwal plays Emily Brontë. Theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Trip of a Lifetime (Graeae Theatre), Billionaire Boy (UK Tour), Bollywood Rose, The Infidel (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Robin Hood (York Theatre Royal), The Life (English Theatre Frankfurt), The Queen and I (Arcola), Bend it Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre),Viva Forever (Piccadilly Theatre). Film includes Walking on Sunshine and Wah Wah Girls! Television includes Doctors and EastEnders.
Molly Lynch plays Anne Brontë. Theatre credits include Sunset Boulevard (UK tour), Carousel, Sweeney Todd (Coliseum), Fiddler on the Roof (Grange Park Opera) and Sacred Hearts (Latitude).
Matthew Jacobs Morgan plays Branwell Brontë. Theatre credits include Our Town (Almeida) and Tommy (New Wolsey Theatre). Film includes Bookish Young Man and Wakan Tanka. Television includes Midsomer Murders, Wasted, Love, Nina, Cuffs and My Almost Famous Family.
Wasted has musical direction by Tamara Singer, set and costume design by Libby Todd, lighting design by Matt Daw and sound design by Mike Thacker. Movement director isNatasha 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.
★★★★ ‘Carl Miller’s adaptation is ingenious and energetic.’ Time Out on Emil and the Detectives
★★★★ ‘A massively endearing, genuinely funny and touching musical.’ Time Out on Adam Lenson’s Superhero
★★★★ ‘In Adam Lenson’s staging, it hangs together beautifully musically and thematically.’ The Guardian on Songs for a New World
Monday to Saturdays at 7.30pm
Tuesday and Saturday matinees at 3pm
See website for full schedule
www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk (24 HOURS/NO BOOKING FEES)
020 7407 0234 (NO BOOKING FEES)
Previews 6, 7 and 8 September – all tickets £14
From 10 September: £25, £20 (conc.)