Brand New Ancients

Kate Tempest

Brand New Ancients

Unfolding on the edges of the city, Brand New Ancients discovers the myths of modern times in the lives of two families as they collide, connect and come apart - all racing towards a violent conclusion. Poet and rapper Kate Tempest tells an everyday epic over an exhilarating live score played by tuba, cello, violin, drums and electronics, that finds the gods of today all around us and reveals that our true heroes are much closer that we think. 4.0 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
Brand New Ancients

Omniscore:

Location London
Venue Battersea Arts Centre
Director Kate Tempest
Cast Kate Tempest
From September 2012
Until September 2012
Box Office 020 7223 2223
 

Unfolding on the edges of the city, Brand New Ancients discovers the myths of modern times in the lives of two families as they collide, connect and come apart - all racing towards a violent conclusion. Poet and rapper Kate Tempest tells an everyday epic over an exhilarating live score played by tuba, cello, violin, drums and electronics, that finds the gods of today all around us and reveals that our true heroes are much closer that we think.

Reviews

The Stage

Natasha Tripney

Tempest ekes the beauty from her multi-stranded narrative of young men flaring and old men fading. There is violence in the lives she describes but also a lake-like capacity for love, deep and cleansing. As the bassline beds in, Tempest strobes and strives and soars, and for a short while she makes an urban church of this weathered council chamber, pacing its worn, wooden floors, riding the swell of a cello. Even taking into account the occasional verbal trip-up, she’s a captivatingly open performer, a mesmerising presence.

06/09/2012

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The Guardian

Lyn Gardner

Tempest's everyday epic of small heroics and bad behaviour recasts the ancient gods as two London families ... but Tempest's story of small people struggling to be superheroes is gritty and gobby. False gods – including Simon Cowell – are lambasted with searing anger, and humanity is celebrated in all its terrible imperfections. Tempest's compassionate show is the antidote to the weary cynicism that says we can change nothing.

10/09/2012

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The Evening Standard

Henry Hitchings

Her rhymes are confident, the lines chewy and full of artful twists. Sometimes she raps ecstatically. At the heart of her work is the idea that the language of Greek literature and of folklore has a place in today’s world: our mundane existence is not without its heroic elements.

17/09/2012

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Time Out

Andrzej Lukowski

It's an epic and sometimes confusing tale of intertwined families that is often so Byzantine that Tempest herself loses the thread of her rhymes. But she winningly 'fesses up to her flubs, and indubitably finds her groove, her performance increasing in power and confidence over the duration of 'Brand New Ancients'. And the band is muso-ishly superb, punctuating Tempest's words with jazzily atmospheric skittering and furious post-rock roars.

06/09/2012

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