Casting has been announced for Wasted, the brand new rock musical about the Brontës at Southwark Playhouse’s Large space in September, directed by Adam Lenson (The Rink) with music by Christopher Ash (Showstoppers) and book and lyrics by Carl Miller (Emil and the Detectives, National Theatre).
Natasha Barnes (Funny Girl, Cinderella) plays Charlotte Brontë with Siobhan Athwal as Emily Brontë, Molly Lynch as Anne Brontë and Matthew Jacobs Morgan as Branwell Brontë.
Through the lens of a rock documentary, Wasted is a brand new musical that gives an access-all-areas account of the struggles, heartbreaks and triumphs of the three Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and their brother Branwell. Brought up in a remote, poverty-stricken town in Yorkshire, without money or opportunity, they fought ill health, unrequited love and family feuds to write some of the most celebrated literature including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.
Never afraid to rebel against expectations, the lives behind the pages expose a struggling, squabbling, ferociously driven, drug-fuelled crash and burn trajectory from obscurity to celebrity and ultimately to their untimely deaths. Coupled with a rock score from Christopher Ash (Showstoppers – Oliver Award winner for Best Entertainment), book and lyrics by Carl Miller (Emil and the Detectives, National Theatre), directed by Adam Lenson (Superhero), the Brontës ask – was it all wasted?