Director Peter Evans has set this latest HAMLET in the 1960’s . The only indicators that it is the 1960’s are the clothes, large ‘space age’ lamps, a cocktail serving tray and a shag carpet.
I don’t know why Evans has set the play in the 1960’s because as I recall that decade, it was a great period of hope and optimism.. I. could not detect any of these qualities in this production. Quite the opposite.
Kate Tempest is a phenomenon. The front page of her website has Musician, Poet, Novelist, Playwright in large block lettering but this artist is much more than that. Ground-breaking doesn’t do her work justice either. Her spoken word album Everybody Down (Big Dada) was nominated for the 2014 Mercury Prize and she was shortlisted last year with Let Them Eat Chaos. She has been the recipient of the Ted Hughes award. Her work is bold, challenging and exhilarating.
And very much associated with the poet herself. In the many available videos on YouTube, her East London accent is an integral factor in the music of the works. But WASTED is her first play, it’s from 2013. Has it travelled well and will it translate?