Blasted world premiere
||Blasted. The world premiere in London
on 12 Jan 1995 at the Royal Court Theatre London.
The director was
James Macdonald and the actors were Pip Donaghy (Ian),
Kate Ashfield (Cate) and Dermot Kerrigan (soldier).
Designed by Franziska Wilkcen,
Lighting by Jon Linstrum and Sound by Paul Arditti.
Phaedra´s Love world premiere
Phaedra´s Love. The world
premiere in London on 15 May 1996 at the Gate Theatre
The director was Sarah Kane and
the actors were Cas Harkins (Hippolytus), Phillipa
Williams (Phaedra), Catherine Cussack (Strophe), Andrew
Maud (doctor, priest, Theseus), Giles Maud and Paolo De
Paola (men), Catherine Neal and Diana Penny (women) and
Andrew Scott (policeman).
Designed by Vian Curtis.
Blasted (Dannati) Italian premiere
Blasted premiered on
16 Sept 1997 in Sesto Fiorentino, Italy. The
director was Barbara Nativi who also did the
translation. The players were Silvia Guidi, Roberto
Posse and Michele Anrei.
Cleansed world premiere
Cleansed. The world premiere in
London on 30 April 1998 at the Royal Court Theatre
The director was James Macdonald
and the actors were Martin Marquez (Graham), Stuart
McQuarrie (Tinker), James Cunningham (Carl), Danny
Cerqueira (Rod), Sizan Sylvester (Grace), Daniel Evans
(Robin) and Victoria Harwood (woman).
Designed by Jeremy Herbert,
Lighting Designer Nigel Edwards, Sound Designer Paul
Arditti and Movement Wayne MacGregor.
Crave world premiere
||Crave. The world premiere in
Edinburgh on 13 Aug 1998 by Paines Plough at the
Traverse Theatre. There were try-outs from
11 Aug and the performances ran to 5 Sept.
The director was
Vicky Featherstone and the actors were Sharon
Duncan-Brewster (C), Ingrid Craigie (M), Paul Thomas
Hickey (B) and Alan Williams (A).
Designed by Georgia Sion and
Lighting by Nigel J. Edwards.
|It is very tightly written,
each speaker being almost like an instrument in a
piece of music, each one following its own line
but all coming together at climactic points
throughout the piece. At times there are
"solos", as a character speaks at some
length; but much of the time the speech switches
from one to the other. It is a spilling out
of raw emotion: anger, hurt and desire
predominating. This is the first time that
Sarah Kane's work has been seen outside of
London. It should not be the last! (from Fringe
Reviews 9, 1998)
Crave tour London, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands premiere
The premiere production toured London (Royal
Court 8 Sept- 3 Oct), Germany (Sophiensaele 28-29 Sept as
part of the Berlin Festival), Dublin (project@the mint
5-10 Oct as part of the Dublin Festival) and Maastricht
in The Netherlands where Sarah Kane took over the role of
Phaedra´s Love American premiere
The director was Lisa
Rothschiller of Defiant Theater.
Zambreno´s interview of Rothschiller, Newcity Chicago,
22 Mar 2001 says
challenge was finding a way to portray the
brutality. "What was important to me is that
the oppression is real enough to make the fight
against it and the fight to love and the fight to
remain a caring human being lovely and
heartbreaking enough," she says. "If
you totally soft-serve all the violence and make
it arty and palatable, with ribbons coming out of
the wrists, I think that's a cop-out."
1998 Cleansed (Purificati) Italian
Cleansed was performed
in Italian in Milan on 30 Apr 1998. The director
was Ivan Tolljaneich.
1998 Crave (Fame) Italian premiere
Crave was premiered in
Italian at the Radicompili's Festival. The premiere
was 13 Aug 1998. The director was Barbara Nativi.
1998 Cleansed (Gesäubert) German premiere
infamous German version of Cleansed in Hamburg, 12 Dec
|"Last December, I went to
Hamburg to see the German premiere of Cleansed,
intrigued not least by the promise of seeing live
rats on stage. Sarah was there, giggling at the
fact that the stage directions she joked she had
put in to punish me had now rebounded on her -
having spent six months training them, the
director Peter Zadek had cut the poor rodents at
the dress rehearsal. Apparently, the author had
committed a serious error of dramaturgy - the
brown rat is not actually capable of picking up a
human foot. And the little bastards just wouldn't
take direction." James Macdonald from The
Guardian, 28 Feb 1999.
Crave French premiere
Crave Canadian premiere
Crave in Edmonton with director
Kevin Williamson and actors Ron Jenkins, Alex Dallas,
Ardith Boxall and Keith Thome. The English Suitcase
|The words are delivered with a
rhythmic pulse as if director Kevin Williamson
used a metronome in putting it together,
increasing and decreasing the tempo, turning up
the intensity (from review by Colin Maclean,
Edmonton Sun, 16 Aug 1999).
Cleansed (Gesäubert) in Germany
||Martin Kuej´directs a new
version of Cleansed in Stuttgart, Germany just a
year after the German premiere. June- July
production at the Stuttgart Theatre opens on the
actress playing Grace dangling above the dark
stage after she has hanged herself - an icon of
Tinker cuts off Carl´s hand with the circular
saw, what happens is that his shirt sleeves are
dipped in a little theatre blood on the side and
pulled down a little. And when at the end Grace
carries on Carl´s amputated penis, the
transplanted organ which has been sewn on is not
made as true to life as possible, but substituted
by an inflatable puppet obtained from a ...
Blasted French premiere
Blasted performed in French
(Aléantis) at the Théâtre de la Colline, Paris. 25
April- 28 May.
The director was Louis Do de
Lencquesaing and the actors were Eric Elmosnino, Pascal
Greggory and Alexia Monduit.
2000 Phaedra´s Love (L´Amore Di Fedra)
performance in Italian in Rome during Jun 2000. The
director was Marinella Anaclerio.
Psychosis world premiere
4.48 Psychosis. The world
premiere in London on 23 June 2000 at the Royal Court
The director was James Macdonald
and the actors were Daniel Evans, Jo McInnes and
Designed by Jeremy Herbert.
lighting by Nigel J. Edwards and sound by Paul Arditti.
stage picture consists of a white stage floor, a
white-topped table, two chairs and three actors:
one male and two female. The back wall of the
stage is a forty-five degree wall of mirrors
sloping upwards towards the audience, so the
stage can be watched directly or can be observed
from above through the mirrors. This arrangement
allows the actors to sit, stand or even lie down
flat and still be seen
After opening with probably
the longest (deliberate) pause I have ever
witnessed on stage, one person spoke without
looking at anyone else and no one moved. The
person being spoken to could easily be identified
by the smallest subtle changes in her face. The
'scenes' were clearly played out even though no
attempt was made to create 'characters' for
either the doctor or the patient (from review by
David Chadderton, dl reviews 8 Jul 2000).
Recently I worked with Jenette
Smith who had assistant directed 4:48 at the
Royal Court. It was interesting to hear that on
the opening night of 4:48 after the production
all the journalists came together in the bar. The
discussiong: What Exactly Was It About? None of
them wanted to say a bad thing - did they
understand it...one wonders. Well apparently
their joint conclusion and even now the most
popular choice - 'a 70 minute suiside note'.
Shows how much journalists know ... for me the
play is enriching and doesnt have a sense of
finality but a forward movement... (Jamie, from
site discussion page, 4-3-2001).
Renset (Cleansed) Danish premiere
Cleansed in Denmark
at the Turbinehallerne during Sept 2000.
The actors were Peter
Gilsfort (Tinker), Mads M. Nielsen (Graham),
Annika Johannessen (Grace), Henrik Jandorf (Rod),
Thomas Bendixen (Carl), Thure Lindhardt (Robin)
and Kett Lützhøft Jensen (Kvinde/woman).
The director was Jan Maagaard.
(Crave) in Germany
in the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg,
Germany with the premiere on 29 Sep 2000.
director was Ute Rauwald, translation was by
Marius von Mayenburg. The actors were Edith
Adam, Marek Harloff, Caroline Peters and Jörg
Ratjen with music by Hardy Kayser and Martin
Phaedra´s Love French premiere
Phaedra´s Love in
France. Théâtre de la bastille, Paris 21
The actors were Claude Degliame (Phèdre), Thierry Frémont (Hippolyte), Lucien Marchal (Thésée), Marie Vialle (Strophe), Jean-Claude Bonnifait (Médecin/ le Prêtre). The director was
Renaud Cojo, and the translation was by Séverine
Blasted (Ruínas) Portuguese premiere
Blasted by Portugues
group Artistas Unidos, who would also premiere
The actors were Carla
Bolito (Cate), João Saboga (Ian) and Vítor
The translation was by
Pedro Marques and the direction was by Carla
Bolito, João Saboga and Vítor Correia. 26
Oct- 13 Dec 2000.
recria admiravelmente o ambiente opressivo que o
texto sugere, talvez ainda de forma mais radical
que este" João Carneiro Expresso.
Crave American premiere
||Axis Theatre, New York 1 Nov- 23 Dec
The Blondie Crave, with Debbie Harry as
M acting alongside Kristin Dispaltro (C), Brian Barnhart
(A) and David Guion (B). The director was Randy Sharp.
performances. Deborah Harry, as M... is perfectly
cast as the older woman: hard-edged but
vulnerable, worn but still sensual. Her
cross-over from rock star to actor is no gimmick:
she inhabits her fragile character to the core.
As her younger man, Guion is fine (as is Kristin
DiSpaltro as the young woman, C). But it is Brian
Barnhart, as A, the only character given a long
monologue, who sticks in our memory for his
forceful yet shattered performance. (Elyse
And this fatal lack of humor is
only compounded by the plays staging. Sharp
sets the play in a disembodied nowhere space
where the four actors clad in black stand in a
line, while videos that play over the actors'
heads set the piece firmly in New York City.
While the play does not specify a setting, a
director would be wise to give the piece a sense
of location, as Vicky Featherstone did in the
plays first production when she put the
four speakers in a mock talk-show environment
(review by Ken Urban, nytheatre arhcive)
Anéantis (Blasted) French premiere
||Blasted (Anéantis) in Nanterre. With
Jean-Baptiste Marlot and
Jean-Philippe Ricci. The director was
Christian Benedetti. It was in the
Théâtre Studio, Alfortville in June 2000, then
the Théâtre-Studio in Nanterre-Amandiers in
November 2000 and back in Alfortville in November
Crave Belgium premiere
Crave (Manque) in Brussels as part of a
three-play tribute to Kane. It was in the Théâtre de la
Vie from 9- 14 Jan. The director was Daniel Benion. He
faut venir à cette pièce comme on entre dans un
poème. Un poème à quatre voix qui vous est
donné dans le plus simple appareil. Quatre
comédiens face à vous pour la musique des mots,
leurs rythmes et leurs entrelacs. Alors, très
vite il est question d'amour. Là aussi, dans ce
qu'il a de plus simple, mais de plus dur aussi:
l'expression du besoin fondamental de l'autre.
Ces quatre fils solitaires se nouent sous nos
yeux pour nous emmener au coeur de chacun. "
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