Wasted by @katetempest

I’m making a decision. I’m changing things. This is it.

Three old friends in their mid-twenties. One remarkable day. For Ted, Danny and Charlotte, it’s time to seize control. Make a difference. Change things. This is it.

A day trip through the parks and raves and cafes of South London, where life is what you make it. The rapid fire words of Kate Tempest paint a picture of lives less ordinary in an unforgiving world, sound-tracked by an exhilarating score.

The drama mixes rap-style poetry delivered with microphones and self-reflexive addresses to the audience.

A play about love, life and losing your mind, and the first play from one of the UK’s most exciting performance poets, Kate Tempest.


[If we’re being honest with you]


(Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 11 April 2013, 80 pages, paperback, bought from Amazon)




I enjoyed Wasted for the most part. Tempest’s style and raw honesty is apparent in this as her other works. The play loses one star because the structure and layout of Wasted is best suited for watching life rather than reading. The play is split into five scenes and five choruses, the scenes tend to be flashbacks and the choruses tend to be set in the present. This layout in usual and very different from Tempest’s other play, Hopelessly Devoted. This adds to the sense that I lost out on something because I read Wasted rather than saw it performed. The play includes a lot of stage directions as well which would be better suited to a performance. I enjoyed Wasted but felt just reading the text wasn’t the most effective way to enjoy the play.


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