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1001 Stories Collection

Brand New Ancients

1001 Brand New Ancients
Added on 29th July 2020

Author Kate Tempest
First performed 2012

Poetry, myths and modern day drama weave together to create an award winning performance.

Story

The story of two London families whose lives are intertwined, Brand New Ancients tells tales of modern young people set in the modern city but with classical myths woven throughout.

Why we chose it

In a powerful and innovative poetry, Kate Tempest weaves ancient myths with present day dramas and shows that the myths are still relevant today and the drama of modern lives is not so different from the drama of the ancient stories.

Where it came from

Tempest set Brand New Ancients on the streets of the parts of London she grew up in and loves. It was written to be performed with live music composed by Nell Catchpole

Where it went next

It won the Ted Hughes prize for innovation in poetry.

Associated stories

Tempest has published two poetry anthologies, Everyone Speaks in Its Own Way and Hold Your Own

She is a rapper, musician, performance poet and writer.

Added on 29th July 2020

Author Kate Tempest
First performed 2012