Wasted – Brontë musical is a winner

The new rock musical about the Brontës being staged at West Yorkshire Playhouse has won a prestigious award from the Kevin Spacey Foundation.

Wasted, which is part of the Brontë season at the Playhouse marking the bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, took the UK Musical Theatre prize in the awards that recognise the best up and coming artists in the UK, US and Canada. Winners receive £10,000 in funding, year-round support from the foundation, and an industry mentor.

The rock musical drama tells the story of Yorkshire’s Brontë siblings, Anne, Charlotte, Emily and brother Branwell, with songs inspired by the sisters.

Wasted by Christopher Ash and Carl Miller promises to show the Brontës as you’ve never seen them before – the misfit kids from a Yorkshire village who yearn to be heard, find fame beyond their wildest hopes and die tragically young.

Founder of the KSF Kevin Spacey said: “I am proud that we can usher these worthy artists in as KSP Artists of Choice, to help support the development of their projects and their creative career”.

Director Adam Lenson said: “This is a career defining opportunity for me to be able to direct a major workshop of a stunning new British musical and to get to work closely with the writers up until and beyond that workshop.

“I am so grateful for this first show of support for a project that I wholeheartedly believe will go the distance and can help redefine what the British musical can be.”

Work-in-progress performances of Wasted are in the Courtyard Theatre from 20 – 22 October at 7.45pm, with a 2.30pm matinee on 22 Oct. Box office 0113 213 7700. Book online wyp.org.uk