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Posted by: listings
« on: May 13, 2012, 01:45:17 PM »

Taboo Theatre present Phaedra's Love from 9 to 13 May 2012 at the Bus Stop Theatre in Halifax.
Posted by: Iain Fisher
« on: October 12, 2011, 09:10:53 AM »

"Kane without rage", a review of Phaedra's Love at Arcola Theatre, London.  The review is by Miriam Gillinson from Culture Wars, 7 Oct 2011.  You can read the full review here

"... When Kane is done well, the theatre burns with a raw energy few other playwrights can conjure. But when Kane is done badly, the theatre feels empty and lifeless. Kane’s words, which have the potential to pierce so painfully, sound crass if not delivered with economy and understanding. And Kane’s plot, if handled clumsily, just feels preposterous. Above all, Kane’s writing demands a clawingly strange atmosphere that digs deep inside you. Unfortunately, Carr’s production tingles only with embarrassment, both on stage and in the audience.

There just isn’t any conviction here. The actors seem lost, all clutching at wildly contrasting performance styles... The best Kane performances pulse with a desire for something more – but Shaw’s Hippolytus seems to welcome the abyss that engulfs him. 

"... Kane without rage makes for near-impotent theatre. When the anger – so important in this play – is finally revealed (not unleashed) in the final mob scene, its impact is only in its incongruity. A mob of youngsters, clean and clear cut, ‘storm’ the stage. They look like a bunch kids on a field trip and, even when they’re ripping out intestines and raping ladies, it all feels depressingly sanitised."
Posted by: Iain Fisher
« on: October 05, 2011, 12:20:22 AM »

Just saw it, recommended.  More soon.
Posted by: Iain Fisher
« on: October 02, 2011, 11:08:05 PM »

The Arcola production is now on till 22 Oct 2011.  It is directed by Bronwen Carr.
I go to see it next week.

Posted by: Iain Fisher
« on: July 02, 2011, 12:10:59 AM »

Phaedra's Love is coming to Arcola Theatre in London.  No date yet, but details soon
Posted by: archive
« on: August 16, 2007, 08:49:44 PM »

check out

there's links to reviews of our recent production of "Phaedra's Love."

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Posted by: archive
« on: August 16, 2007, 08:49:01 PM »

Read "Phaedra's Love" the other night, and became fascinated with the work of Sarah Kane. I am interested to know if anyone has any reviews from past performances of "Phaedra's Love" that they wouldn't mind posting here on this board. Particularly the first production, which Sarah directed. Thanks.

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