Right then, last Monday I was lucky enough to go to the dress rehearsal for Kate Tempest’s new full length show which is running at BAC until the 22nd. I doubt I will put it better than the press release so here is the basic premise:
Unfolding on the edges of the city, Brand New Ancients discovers the
myths of modern times in the lives of two families as they collide, connect and come apart – all racing towards a violent conclusion.
Poet and rapper 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 that we think.
It goes without saying that Kate is an incredible rapper, poet, performer and playwright, and the quality of the writing in this show is indeed wildly good throughout. The musicians are amazing too, and Kate proper gets going with a flow over some dope beats at points. In fact there is so much I could say about the writing and the music, and the staging, all of it, and 99% of everything I would say would be positive. But time is tight and the biggest compliment I think I can pay the show is to say that it filled me with an overwhelming urge to call my loved ones as soon as I left the theatre, to tell them how perfectly imperfect they all are, how proud I am of the everyday epics in our lives, of the struggles we struggle and the grind we grind. I bounced home.
Basically, Kate has managed to retain that thing she does that fills you with longing, and with the knowledge of your own power and beauty, but to do that within a tightly constructed, multi-layered narrative spanning generations. Genuinely blown away. Do the right thing and get your tickets here: http://www.bac.org.uk/whats-on/brand-new-ancients/