The Wasp Factory

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Iain Banks’s cult novel is transformed into gripping music theatre by composer Ben Frost and librettist David Pountney. Read More >

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.

Booking opens on the 9th of July.

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 02/10/2013

Closing Night: 08/10/2013

Running time: 1h25

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Cast & Creative

Creative

Director - Ben Frost

Producer - HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Laura Berman_Next, Berlin, and The Royal Opera and Holland Festival in collaboration with Cork Midsummer Festival

Designer - Mirella Weingarten

Lighting Designer - Lucy Carter

Author - Iain Banks

Lyrics By - David Pountney

Music By - Ben Frost