It's a rare event when theatre makes the headlines but Blasted, Sarah Kane's first play, did just that. Hugely controversial when it premiered at London's Royal Court Theatre in 1995, it was hailed as a landmark of modern theatre, an astonishingly visceral play of harrowing power that achieved notoriety very quickly by being lambasted in the Daily Mail as "a disgusting feast of filth". Sarah Kane is regarded as a groundbreaking dramatist, over-rated interloper, honorary lad, confrontational bad girl, funny, depressive, tortured suicidal artist, theatrical visionary, savoir and prophet, depending on whom you asked and when you asked them.
It starts in a Leeds hotel room, to which sickly, gin-soaked local news journalist Ian takes his young lover, the naïve, epileptic Cate for the night. He's racist, homophobic, and armed. They circle each other in a battle of wills when suddenly an armed soldier enters the room and ignites an explosive set of events that lead to scenes of rape, torture and cannibalism. Kane takes audiences through a nightmarish journey that serves as a vicious reminder that violence outside will always find a way in.
One of the hallmarks of a great play is its capacity to burn an indelible image into your brain—a king and his fool on a stormy heath, two tramps killing time under a bare tree. Blasted is what the theatre should be: when you go out, you're not the same person you were when you walked in. Whatever you make of it, it's definitely unforgettable. Blasted is not for the faint-hearted but it is for the reflective mind.
MAY CONTAIN COARSE LANGUAGE, SMOKE EFFECTS, NUDITY, SEX, VIOLENCE AND CANNIBALISM.
Director: Netta Yashchin
Designer: Wendy Todd
Lighting Designer: Mark Pennington
Cast: Anni Lindner, Mark Saturno
05 - 13 Oct 2012
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