Production Dates: 1994 & 1995
Directed by: Caroline Paterson
Written by: Rain Dog Theatre Company
Produced by: Rain Dog Theatre Company
After Rain Dog Theatre Company produced the play Ecstasy by Mike Leigh in 1993, were they had taken a little known text and improvised round the themes and situations involved. Several new characters were added and scenes extended. This play was a success and it was that production that convinced the company to take a “leap of faith” and produce an entirely new piece devised and written by the company.
The idea was to produce a piece on prostitution, homelessness, poverty, violence and drug addiction. A large ensemble cast came together for a week rehearsal period and from this Wasted was born. This piece was to dominate Rain Dog’s work for 2 years.
The vision that emerged was of a community of the dispossed and the forgotten, ignored by “society” and forced underground, struggling to survive by any means possible.
It had a sell out run at the Arches Theatre where it provoked a profound and immediate response from audience and critics alike. The use of video imagery, live and pre-recorded and experientation with contemporary influences was attractive to the largely young non-theatre going audience.
Wasted was re-developed and performed again in 1995 to sell out audiences at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre.
Robert Carlyle, Tommy Flanagan, Alexander Morton, Joyce Falconer, Paul Hickey, Mandy Matthews, David McGowan, Anne Myatt, Barbara Rafferty, Robert Rodgers, Laurie Ventry