Wasted does exactly what the actors tell the audience at the outset: that they will not tell incredible truths. As the play progresses, focusing on each of the three friends’ lives, we come face to face with credible truths, truths worth deliberating over even as the dull routine of our lives numbs us. As Danny, Ted and Charlotte review their lives, open their hearts out to each other, we see the fight between rebellion and responsibility that comes along in everyone’s path to adulthood. And watching over the three friends drown their miseries in alcohol and cigarettes is the absent Tony, whose death the three are still trying to come to terms with.
The stark and honest undertone of the play is intensified by the realistic ambience of dingy cafes and clubs of London created by complementing lights and sounds. All three actors are dynamic, and Lizzy Watts’s first soliloquy deserves a special mention for its fearlessness. The use of the screen is original, as it not only projects landscapes which serve as backdrop, but also portraits of the characters during their speeches, creating a cinematic overlap of faces in real and recorded time.
Kate Tempest’s words are as scintillating in her play as in her poetry. The dialogue therefore is set to the beat of the everyday, the music and rhythms that we fail to hear in our daily conversations. There is a hint of Allen Ginsberg, howling somewhere, as the three friends reflect on their inability to escape from their circular lives and ask their generation not to repeat their mistake. There should be more plays like this, ones which churn out wisdom from the chaos and noise of our everyday lives.
Wasted is at Copper Rooms One in the University of Warwick Student Union until Tue 12 Nov 7.45pm. Warwick and Coventry students can get £6 tickets and these can be purchased at Box Offices at both Warwick Arts Centre and the Student Union.