Wasted By Kae Tempest

Wasted By Kae Tempest

‘The energy is palpable… Tempest is a wordsmith extraordinaire.’★★★★★ Everything Theatre

‘From the first line we‘re hooked. A fast-paced, dynamic play, debuting MICA Theatre with a bang. A show that entertains and touches the audience from beginning to end…’ ★★★★★ Always Time for Theatre

‘Singing with authenticity, It’s beautifully done’ ★★★★ There Ought To Be Clowns

'Wasted is a bold, forthright and challenging production' ★★★★ Broadway Baby

‘It is a masterclass of youthful self-destruction which, like the best theatre, has the power to change lives.’ British Theatre Guide


“You know what your problem is, mate? You just sit around, expecting life to happen for you. Waiting for it all to just land in your lap…“ 

Ten years on from the death of their best mate, Tony -, three friends Danny, Charlotte, and Temi, now all in their late-20s are confronted by the choices they did or didn’t make. 

During its sold out, unanimous four and five star run at The Brockley Jack Studio, Wasted received an Offie nomination for Best Performance Ensemble. Fast forward a year later, Wasted is now back at Catford’s Broadway Theatre! With a new perspective from Director Toby Clarke, Kae Tempest’s rapid-fire Wasted, is a play about friendship, South London’s stranglehold and the kind of dreams you’re too shit-scared to chase. 

Wasted received its first performance in July 2011 at the Latitude Festival in a production by Paines Plough, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and The Roundhouse, and was subsequently revived in 2012 and 2013 as part of two Paines Plough national tours. 

MICA Theatre is a brand-new theatre company standing for Matters I care about. MICA are dedicated to telling stories that reflect you and ultimately make you care. Care for the characters, the story, the world and so in turn… something you’ve heard a thousand times could potentially land quite differently. MICA believes in creating theatre that welcomes all communities. Communities who may never have experienced theatre. Theatre that you believe. Theatre that moves you. All whilst maintaining compelling, creative, and imaginative storytelling. The company is produced by Isabella Verrico. 

Kae Tempest is a poet. They are also a writer, a lyricist, a performer, playwright, and a recording artist. They have published plays, poems, a novel, a book length non-fiction essay, released albums and toured extensively, selling out shows from Reykjavik to Rio de Janeiro. They received Mercury Music Prize nominations for both of the albums Everybody Down and Let Them Eat Chaos and two Ivor Novello nominations for their song-writing on The Book of Traps and Lessons. They were named a Next Generation Poet in 2014, a once in a decade accolade. They received the Ted Hughes Award for their longform narrative poem Brand New Ancients and the Leone D’Argento at the Venice Teatro Biennale for their work as a playwright. Their books have been translated into eleven languages and published to critical acclaim around the world. They were born in London in 1985 where they still live. They hope to continue putting words together for a long time. 

Toby Clarke has had an extensive career in Stage & Screen as a Director, Writer and Acting Coach spanning over 20 years. He directed the Olivier Award Nominated Warheads at Park Theatre and the Offie Nominated Wasted by Kae Tempest. Most recently he wrote and directed REP at Brixton House which is now being adapted into a Feature Film. As a Writer, Toby has been shortlisted for the Bruntwood Playwriting Award and shortlisted for this year’s BBC Writers Room. As an Acting Coach, Toby continues to collaborate with HBO, BBC, Channel 4 and Disney+.