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On demand: Wasted

Watch online on southwarkplayhouse.co.ukRecorded at Vaults, London, United Kingdom
Online until Monday 31 August 2020

Rock musical about the Bronte sisters performed in autumn 2018.

Music by Christopher Ash. Books and lyrics by Carl Miller. Directed by Adam Lenson.
Cast: Siobhan Athwal, Natasha Barnes, Matthew Jacobs Morgan, Molly Lynch.

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.

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 (The Rink, Superhero), the Brontës ask – was it all wasted? This is the Brontës as you’ve never seen them before.

★★★★ ‘A fantastically witty, mischievous and camp musical. Wasted manages to be a lot of fun and gives the Brontë legend a mischievous new spin.’ The Guardian

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