While He Normally Feels 'Nostalgia Is a Kind of Sickness,' Singer Fetes 25 Years of Solo Work With New App
As he tours to commemorate the 25 years (actually 26) of his post- Police solo career, Sting is also looking to his next phase, which includes a theater piece as well as a just-launched app geared towards the anniversary.
Sting calls the forthcoming "The Last Ship" "a play with songs. I'm loathe to call it a musical because I don't like that term." He has 25 songs written so far for the project, which he describes as "a play set in my home town, in Newcastle (England). I was born in the shadow of a shipyard. I often wondered why I was exposed to this rather surreal environment when I was growing up, and I realize now it has a massive psychological and symbolic importance to me. That's the landscape of my dreams, my little home town and the house I was brought up in and the ghosts that were there." The plot meanwhile, is "a story of redemption and occupying a shipyard against the wishes of the owners -- which is kind of topical at the moment, occupying things."
Sting is continuing to write material and hopes to have "The Last Ship" "on the road in a year's time," preferring to make it a traveling piece rather than into a theatrical residency. "I think we should start somewhere," he explains. "There's a lot of excitement about it from people in the business. I go from being quietly confident to being noisily despondent -- but that's the creative process. It's a very difficult thing to do... It's a very, very concise form, and it's all about stripping everything down to its bare essentials -- the narrative, the song, what people say. So I'm finding it very absorbing and difficult, and it takes up most of my waking life and a lot of my dream life at the moment, which is interesting."