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5 October 2013
The composer and director talks about creating a piece of musical theatre from Iain Banks's novel.
3 October 2013
Audience tweets about Ben Frost's adaptation of Iain Banks's cult novel.
2 October 2013
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.