‘I am not an angel, and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself.’ Charlotte Brontë
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, Siobhan Athwal plays Emily Brontë, Molly Lynch plays Anne Brontë and Matthew Jacobs Morgan plays Branwell Brontë.
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 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 plays Thursday, 6 September – Saturday 6 October 2018