Brand New Ancients
Poet and spoken word artist Kate Tempest tells an everyday epic over an exhilarating live score played by tuba, cello, violin, drums and electronics, that finds the gods of today all around us and reveals that our true heroes are much closer than we think.
Running time: 75 mins
Age guidance: 14+
“A truly fresh and compelling voice”
Brand New Ancients opened at Battersea Arts Centre last year, playing to full houses and critical acclaim, winning the Ted Hughes Poetry Award this year. In August, the production played at the Traverse as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, winning a Herald Angel Award.
Kate Tempest grew up in South-East London, where she still lives. Starting out as a rapper, she toured the spoken word circuit for a number of years, and now works as a poet and playwright. Her work includes Balance, her album with her band Sound of Rum; Everything Speaks in its Own Way; GlassHouse, a play for Cardboard Citizens; and the plays Wasted and Hopelessly Devoted for Paines Plough.
She is currently working on a new collection of poems, a novel and solo record with music producer Dan Carey. Brand New Ancients is published by Picador.
Tickets on sale for Friends at 10am 24 September
Tickets on sale for General Public at 10am 25 September
14-16 November 2013
Royal Court Theatre
16 December 2013
Spitalfields Winter Music Festival
Box Office 020 7377 1362
2 January 2014
Young Vic Theatre
7 January 2014
29 January 2014
14-15 February 2014
21-22 February 2014
25-26 February 2014
The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford
28 February 2014
West Yorkshire Playhouse
7-8 March 2014
10 March 2014
The Linbury Studio at Royal Opera House
20 March 2014
Harrow Arts Centre
22 March 2014
18-20 April 2014
Battersea Arts Centre
A Kate Tempest and Battersea Arts Centre co-production.
Co-commissioned by the Albany. Supported by Arts Council England
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