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1998 Crave

Sarah Kane Crave- click for larger image

Because of the critical furore from Blasted, Kaneīs next play was initially presented under the name Marie Kelvedon.

Four people sit on chairs facing the audience and talk to the audience separately.

Heīs following me... He needs to have a secret but he canīt help telling The heat is going out of me/ The heart is going out of me And though she cannot remember she cannot forget Clutching a fistful of sand What ties me to you is guilt I crossed two rivers and wept by one I am the beast at the end of the rope Happy and free

Crave premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh on 13 August 1998. Directed by Vicky Featherstone with the four roles, C, M, B and A played by Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Ingrid Craigie, Paul Thomas Hickey and Alan Williams.  A previous version was given as a staged reading "by accident to fill a gap in a rehearsed reading season set up by Paines Plough".  Kane says "I think of it more as text for performance than as a play" and "I wanted to find out how good a poet I could be while still writing something dramatic".

In The Guardian, 20 Aug 1988, Kane writes "Increasingly, Iím finding performance much more interesting than acting, theatre more compelling than plays. Unusually for me, Iím encouraging my friends to see my play Crave before reading it, because I think of it more as text for performance than as a play.".



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