Both At Home With The Brontës and Wasted have their plus points and it is interesting to see how the same subject matter can be treated in radically different ways.
‘A defiant & intelligent display of strong womanhood’: WASTED – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★
Any musical can only be as good as its underlying book and Wasted, based upon the lives of the four Brontë siblings (three girls and a boy) is written around a very strong core.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: Wasted at Southwark Playhouse
Adam Lenson directs Natasha Barnes in the new rock musical Wasted about the Brontës. Here, Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews…
‘Wonderful to see an experimental & new British musical’: WASTED – Southwark Playhouse ★★★
With a cast of just four, Wasted tells the story of the Brontë siblings and their journeys to success, and questions (to an extent) what makes a legacy and how fulfillment is achieved.
The Lowdown: A musical theatre scratch night
Other forms of theatre have scratch nights, where companies can perform an excerpt from their work in progress, in return for audience feedback. Producer Hannah Elsy observed that there was no such thing for musical theatre, so she organised one at independent arts venue Rich Mix, featuring 20-minute snippets of four musicals currently in development.