Blasted was Sarah Kane’s first play; it was first performed in 1995 at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in London. When it opened, the play was attacked by many critics, many of whom regarded it as a rather immature attempt to shock the audience; the Daily Mail used the headline ‘this disgusting feast of filth’. Dealing with the horrors of civil war, transposed to the UK, it’s now accepted as a modern classic.
Kate Wasserberg’s production was the inaugural show at Wales’s first pub theatre, The Other Room, and opened in February 2015.
Director Kate Wasserberg asked Nick to write an album of music that could exist separate to the production; the rehearsal process then took the script and the music, and used them both to create the world of the play.
Scored for piano, marimba, ondes Martenot, tape & electronics, the album makes use of the UK government’s ‘Protect & survive’ public information films from the 1970s and ’80s; the album’s structure follows that of the play, with the long, more ambient track ‘After’ soundtracking the desolation of the destroyed world following the explosion.