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Performance poet, musician, playwright and all round amazing talent, Kate Tempest’s ground breaking work Hopelessly Devoted makes its way to Arts Centre Washington on Thursday 20th November. Following on from her well received debut Wasted, this new offering has been labelled a story of love and redemption, and seeks to showcase the redemptive power of art and music within prisons.

Mercury Prize nominated Tempest has showcased an immensely gifted ability with the English language through her poetry, which has garnered her plenty of attention, winning the Ted Hughes award for poetry in 2013 for her work Brand New Ancients. Now, her way with words comes through the character of Chess, who is facing a lengthy sentence in prison. Chess’ cellmate Serena becomes a soul mate, but when Serena is given parole, Chess faces total isolation. Hope comes in the form of a music producer looking for a reason to love music again. She finds a powerful voice in Chess. But to harness her talent, Chess must first face her past.

This is the only North East date for the play, and, after Kate Tempest’s recent Mercury nomination, sure to be popular. A truly intriguing soul, with passion and honesty front and centre in all that she produces, there aren’t going to be many chances to see something this unique in such a wonderful venue.

Hopelessly Devoted is at Arts Centre Washington on Thursday 20th November.


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