The Wasp Factory
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The composer and director talks about creating a piece of musical theatre from Iain Banks's novel.
Audience tweets about Ben Frost's adaptation of Iain Banks's cult novel.
Read between the lines and Iain Banks’s cult novel can be read as a post-Orwellian critique of Thatcher.
The Wasp Factory recounts the disturbing acts of a troubled teenager on a remote Scottish island. The Sacrifice Poles, Boiling Pool, Ice Chamber and Volt Room are names Frank has given to places in his world – an isolated environment, where he is left to his own devices by his reclusive father. Frank invents his own warrior cult and, using a homemade device called the Wasp Factory, develops a brutal way of predicting the future.
Director and composer Frost creates three-dimensional sonic structures that envelop an audience in extremes of volume and texture. Mirella Weingarten’s set designs evoke a bleak, natural landscape. With lighting by Lucy Carter, The Wasp Factory promises to be as chilling as it is powerful.
Art of our Times/Bregenz Festival
A co-production between
HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Laura Berman_Next, Berlin, and The Royal Opera and Holland Festival in collaboration with Cork Midsummer Festival
With support from
Capital Cultural Fund Berlin and Nordic Culture Point
Post-performance talk on Saturday 5 October with Paul Morley and Ben Frost. The talk will run for approx. 30 minutes in the Linbury Studio Theatre.
Contains themes of an adult nature
About 1 hour 25 minutes | No interval
Sung in English
|Set designs||Mirella Weingarten|
|Costume designs||Boris Bidjan Saberi|
|Lighting design||Lucy Carter|