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Play by Mercury Music Prize-nominated Kate Tempest books date at Washington Arts Centre

Paines Plough will bring Tempest's new play Hopelessly Devoted to the venue for its only North East performance in November

Left Kate Tempest and right Hopelessly Devoted the play
Left Kate Tempest and right Hopelessly Devoted the play

Mercury Music Prize-nominated Kate Tempest’s incendiary new play Hopelessly Devoted will come to Arts Centre Washington later this year.

Produced by revered touring theatre company Paines Plough, who have built a reputation for bringing the very best new writing to theatres all over the UK, the play is Tempest’s second, following her hit debut Wasted.

The story focuses on Chess, who is facing a lengthy sentence in prison.

Her cell mate, Serena, becomes her 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.

With live music and ‘lyrical fireworks’, the play is billed as a story of love and redemption and a fervent argument for the redemptive power of music and art in prisons.

The show comes to Arts Centre Washington on November 20 - its only North East date - as part of a 16-venue UK tour. Tickets are available from www.artscentrewashington.co.uk or by calling 0191 219 3455.

Before that though, Kate Tempest herself will be performing in the region as part of the Durham Book Festival, which kicks off next week.

A vastly popular and accomplished performance poet, Kate commands a huge and dedicated following on the performance and rap circuit. Her last collection, Brand New Ancients, won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry and has played to packed concert halls on both sides of the Atlantic.

In Kate Tempest: Hold Your Own the 28-year-old will present her new collection, an ambitious multi-voiced work based around the mythical figure of Tiresias, the blind Greek prophet who spent seven years transformed into a woman.

The performance will take place at the Gala Theatre on October 17 from 8.15pm. Tickets are available from 03000 266 600 or www.galadurham.co.uk .

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