Kate Tempest reveals all about WASTED and writing plays in 140 characters:
So we’re joined by poet & WASTED writer @katetempest on Twitter for the next 20 mins for our #katetempestwasted #twinterview You there Kate?
@katetempest Hoorah. Thanks for chatting to us today, we’re SO excited WASTED reopens on Monday. Where did idea for the play come from?
@painesplough it was something i’d been thinking about for a while, it came from life, from my friends. hopefully people will feel that
@painesplough everyone i knew seemed to be going through the same process, wanting to make decisions about their lives but not being able to
@painesplough it’s not a judgement though. there’s a lot of love in it
@katetempest So is the play based on people you know?
@painesplough its just honest. its not intentionally based on people i know, but it comes from them.
@painesplough everything i do is informed by the people i love and have grown up with, in WASTED especially but the characters are fictional
@painesplough it’s about us. whether thats my us, or your us, or someone else’s us, hopefully everyone can relate to that feeling
@katetempest how did you find the transition between writing for your own performance and writing for other people? Challenging?
@painesplough it was a massive challenge. james grieve was amazing, very supportive. i was petrified the whole way through
@painesplough it’s been so great for my writing though to learn about theatre
@painesplough i feel like i’ve learned a whole new language. WASTED has been one of the most exhilarating things to have been a part of
@painesplough hearing the actors speak my words has been humbling and exciting.
@painesplough they keep finding nuances i never meant to be there. it makes me feel very smart
@katetempest has your writing style changed since you started writing plays?
@painesplough yeah it has. it’s been such a confidence boost. coz james really believed i could do it, and i didnt. but then we did it
@painesplough i think about story differently. i feel like i’m just beginning to find my way with my writing.
@painesplough everything i do is terrifying until its done, and then its like, oh right, i can do that.
@painesplough and i’d never writen narrative before. now it crops up in all my poems
@katetempest interesting. Who are your influences other than the people directly around you? Are there any writers you really like?
@painesplough i like lots of writers. i think if you want to write, you have to read.
@painesplough i like roberto bolano, william faulker, james joyce, carson mcullers, e.l doctorow, christopher logue
@painesplough but i also feel very influenced by the music i love and the rappers i listen to
@painesplough i read poetry, plays, novels, history books, i listen to beethoven and gravediggaz and make no distinction between them
@painesplough i would say that if you want to be a writer, you need to write. all the time. and dont worry if its shit.
@painesplough the shitter it is, the better, because it means you’re learning your craft
@painesplough you shouldnt be afraid of getting it wrong, because that will stop you ever trying and then you’ll never get it right
@painesplough i would say use your experiences and be honest, even when you’re making characters up, be real with them.
@katetempest great advice to aspiring writers. What other tips would you give writers who wanted to get into theatre?
@painesplough most important piece of advice i could give is to FINISH THINGS.
@painesplough there’s a difference between writers with ideas, and writers who finish things. ideas are safe, because they can never fail
@painesplough but finishing work is what makes you a writer. it will never live up to the idea. but once its finished, you can move on
@painesplough you grow as a writer through finishing things. if you are an aspring playwright. write a play.
@katetempest where is your favourite place to write?
@painesplough i’ll write anywhere. i like to be high up and looking out at london. thats cool. but anywhere is good if i have the feeling
@painesplough i like writing in places where there are lots of people. i love looking at people talking to each other
@painesplough i used to write a lot in the pub, but all the poems started coming out the same. squiggly about 2 pages in…
@katetempest do you have a favourite line in WASTED?
@painesplough i dont have a favourite line. some lines still really make me cringe. but i love what the actors do
@painesplough lizzy watts makes the lines i’ve written into something i never imagined they could be and i like the way Cary says everything
@painesplough not the word ‘everything’ but all the words he has to say.
@painesplough i think thats our time. thanks PP. last thing to say is that WASTED is fucking brilliant and everyone should go…
@painesplough do you have a favourite line in WASTED?
@katetempest Thanks Kate. Been great chatting. ‘Bish bash bosh there ya go.’
@painesplough been a pleasure. well bosh