Crave Portuguese premiere
| Crave in Portuguese
(Falta) with Sylvie Rocha, Isabel Muñoz Cardoso,
Cláudio Silva and Jose Airosa.
The translation is by Peter Marques.
18 Jan 2001.
Crave in Dresden, Germany
directed by Nora Somaini, with Kati Eckerfeld,
Anna Stieblich, Petra Wolf, Martin Brauer,
Christoph Krix and Jörg Thieme. There are
six actors- do they share the roles on different
days or are all six on stage?
25 Jan 2001 at the
Blasted in Copemhagen, Denmark
The Danish premiere of Blasted opened in January
2001 at the Cafe Theatre in Copenhagen.
Cate was played by Lisbeth Wulff, the soldier was
Søren Malling and Ian was Henrik Prip. The director was
Jens August Wille.
Thanks to Henrik for the information.
Cleansed in Athens,
|Cleansed ran in Athens in
Apr-May 2001 and was revived from 1 Oct- 30 Nov
2001 at Roes Theatre, Athens.
The director is Lefteris
Voyatzis and the players are Lefteris Voyatzis
(Tinker), Nikos Kouris (Graham), Thanos Samaras
(Carl), Christos Loulis (Rod), Amalia Moutousi
(Grace), Yiannos Perlengas (Robin), Alexia
Crave (Manque) in Paris, France
at the Théâtre de la Bastille. The director was
Jean-Marie Patte and the actors were Astrid Bas, Elsa
Bosc, Sébastien Bravart and Marc Toupence. 9-14 Jan
Catalan premiere in Spain
Crave in Catalan
(Ànsia), performed in Cataluña, Spain.
The director was Xavier Albertí, with roles performed by
Actors: Lina Lambert, Alícia Pérez, Xavier Albertí,
Julio Manrique. The play was translated by Ernest
Blasted (Zerbompt) with Yves Grimmler, Nicole
Hommel and Christian Kerschl. The director was
Katrin Hötzel and video was by Peter Berger. Theater
Halle 2-3 Mar 2001.
||Cleansed in Chicago, America. The
director was Lisa Rothschiler of Defiant Theatre
who also directed the American premiere of
much are you willing to suffer for the sake of
those you love? Cleansed tells the stories of a
grieving sister, a compassionate ghost, a
delicate mental patient, and a tortured gay
couple. For each, love provides fierce blooms of
hope in a world of control and unpunished
(Hunker) The Netherlands
(Crave) toured The Netherlands through June.
Translated into Dutch by Marcel Otten, directed
by Hans Trentelman and with Marie Christine de
Both, Mieneke Bakker, Hans Leipsig and Geert Jan
similar staging to that in The Royal Court (four
chairs facing the audience) but with a different
order of players (A, B, M, C from the audience
viewpoint) which is effective in breaking up the
pairing of A/C, and M/ B and increases the
interchangeability of the text. The
performance also used music to break the piece
into scenes, which provides the audience with
time to assimilate the dialogue."
Theatre Company version of Crave in Boston. May
director is Elaine Vaan Hogue and the players are
Steven Barkhimer (A), Eric Radford Weiss (B),
Anne Gottlieb (C) and Laura Lanfranchi (M).
|"Of the group, the person
known as C emerges as the central figure;
shes the most victimized one, notably in a
gang-rape moment in which B, holding her from
behind, jerks her body up and down while A
assails her with a sexual harangue. Its in
Cs voice that we seem to hear the
playwright address us most directly (I am
here to remember; I hate these words
that keep me alive), and Vaan Hogue twice
builds climaxes by having C step downstage, apart
from the others, to speak" (from review by
Company B's production of Crave showed at
Belvoir Street Theatre (Downstairs) in Sydney from 28
Jun-15 Jul 2001.
La Boite Theatre in Brisbane presented Blasted
from 12 - 28 Jul.
|| Blasted in Portuguese (Ruínas) with
Carla Bolito, João Saboga and Vítor Correia.
directors were Jorge Silva Melo and Paulo Claro.
The translation was by Pedro Marques.
Blasted (Anéantis) had it Belgium premiere in
Charleroi, Théâtre de l'Ancre, on 9-13 Oct followed by
a run in Brussels, Théâtre de Poche, 16 Oct- 3 Nov. The
director was Michel Bernard.
Crave (Gier) in Lehniner Platz, Berlin. The
director was Thomas Ostermeier and the players were
Thomas Dannemann, Cristin König, Falk Rockstroh and
Michaela Steiger. The text was translated into German by
Marius von Mayenbrug. It was a collaboration between the
Théâtre National de la Colline and Schaubühne.
Kane festival (Blasted, Crave, 4.48 Psychosis)
||The Royal Court´s tribute to Kane
with revivals of Blasted, Crave and 4.48
Psychosis, and readings of Phaedra´s Love and
Sarah Kane festival Blasted
Blasted from 29 Mar to 28 Apr 2001.
Directed by James Macdonald. The actors were Neil
Dudgeon, Tom Jordan Murphy and Kelly Reilly. Designed by
Hildegard Bechtler, lighting by Jean Kalman and sound by
is superbly played, maintaining irresistible
tension moment by moment by moment. Impossible
for an outsider to guess whether Macdonald just
hit upon a superbly right cast, or whether it was
his direction that raised them all to this pitch
of cruelly precise exposure; but Neil Dudgeon's
portrait of Ian is formidably exposed and
unsparing, and Kelly Reilly's Cate as delectably
funny and dim as she is touchingly graceful...
For the Soldier the script offers fewer clues;
Tom Jordan Murphy plays him flat, offhand, rather
companionable, dead behind the eyes. Kane's
laconically suggestive text needs a lot of
winkling out, and these three actors use their
leisurely two hours to winkle it
completely." The Financial Times.
|"What strikes me about [this
performance of] the play is how the audience is
subjected to such a rigorous stripping down of
human personality. It is clear to me that Kane
wanted to ask- how can normal, safe human life
relate to the terrible extremes of suffering and
cruelty which exist". John from
discussion page, 30-4-2001 (thanks John).
Kane festival Crave
Crave from 8 May to 9 Jun 2001.
A Paines Plough production directed by Vicky
Featherstone. The actors were Ingrid Craigie, Andrew
Scott, Eileen Walsh and Alan Williams.
Designed by Georgia Sion, lighting by Nigel J Edwards.
Kane festival 4.48 Psychosis
4.48 Psychosis from 5 May to 9 Jun 2001.
Directed by James Macdonald. The actors were Daniel
Evans, Jo McInnes and Madeleine Potter.
Designed by Jeremy Herbert, lighting by Nigel J Edwards
and sound by Paul Arditti.
staging (of 4.48 Psychosis), with the audience
sitting in steeply raked seats on the stage and
the action taking place in what was once the
Royal Court's stalls, is hypnotic, harrowing and
strangely beautiful... The performances of Daniel
Evans, Jo McInnes and Madeleine Potter have a
precision and an emotional rawness that are
almost unbearable to witness. The final moments
offer an astonishing coup de theatre, and a most
moving suggestion of peace. This is a great
production of a masterpiece of mental and
emotional extremity..." The Daily Telegraph.
Australian premiere of Blasted
and La Boite Theatre, Brisbane. Director Linda Hassall
and the players Steven Grives (Ian), Melinda Butel (Cate)
and Marcel Dorney (the soldier). 12-28 July 2001.
|"the slow burn of
Cates evolving strength is marvellous to
watch. Melinda Butels performance of Cate
leaves you hurting with empathy. The trajectory
of Cates story, as she becomes more robust,
is successful because of the playing. Steven
Grives, as Ian, brings together a mix of
nastiness striped with pure sleaze and he
successfully demonstrates the fragility of these
defences in the face of threat. Marcel Dorney,
the skulking soldier - the alien in the landscape
of the text, takes a remarkable tour through
chaos in his role but retains his focus well and
seems to have found something to redeem the
Soldier in his portrayal" (from Cath Hart´s
review, m/c reviews, 25 Jul 2001).