The gods are in the betting shops, the gods are in the café,
The gods can’t afford the deposit on their flat …
Winged sandals tearing up the pavement,
Me, you, everyone, 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.
Brand New Ancients took London by storm last year. We are working with Kate Tempest and Battersea Arts Centre to re-work the show especially for Mayfest in Bristol Old Vic’s beautiful auditorium.
A gifted and distinctive performer, whose mixture of passion, lyricism and modesty makes her a truly fresh and compelling voice.
Evening Standard ****
Kate Tempest recently won the Ted Hughes Poetry Award.
A Kate Tempest and Battersea Arts Centre co-production. Co-commissioned by the Albany. Supported by Arts Council England
You can book this show as part of our weekend pass, or as part of our 4-for-3 offer.
Beowulf – A Thousand Years of Baggage harks back to the raw and rousing style of storytelling in the old Scandinavian mead halls, turning the stage into a cacophonous swirl of explosive original music
A coming-of-age story exploring rebellion, apathy, and the irresistible power of gathered youth, with techno. Lots of techno.