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Off-Off-Broadway: Brand New Ancients

Brand New Ancients

Kate Tempest in Brand New Ancients. Photo: Pavel Antonov.

Kate Tempest in Brand New Ancients. Photo: Pavel Antonov.

There are storytellers and spoken-word poets and rappers and monologuists.

And then there’s Kate Tempest.

Born and bred in South East London, where she still resides, Tempest began her award-winning career as a rapper before expanding to poetry and playwriting in only the past couple of years. (She is the first winner under 40 of the Ted Hughes Poetry Award.) Her latest piece, Brand New Ancients, a co-production with Battersea Arts Center on Tour and presented as part of the Under the Radar Festival, is a pounding whirlwind of all those spoken forms set against a score (composed by Nell Catchpole with Kwake Bass, Raven Bush, Jo Gibson and Natasha Zielazinksi) that surges and wanes with the fervor of her words. And it’s one of the most moving, breathtaking performance pieces you’ll see this year…

Read the full review here.

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One comment on “Off-Off-Broadway: Brand New Ancients

  1. thisyearinmusic
    March 10, 2014

    Kate Tempest is the future!

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