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4.48 Psychosis opera on BBC.

Updates and details of performances are welcome!!  If you attend a performance please let me now what it was like.  Click here to send mail.  Last update 20 June 2018.

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4.48 Psychosis opera on BBC Radio

4.48 Psychosis opera - click for link 

BBC Radio are broadcasting Philip Venables adaptation of 4.48 Psychosis.  It in on 30 June 2018.  The opera is highly recommended.

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Two versions of 4.48 Psychosis in  The Netherlands and Belgium

NTGent 4.48 Psychosis Sarah Kane 

NTGent presents 4.48 Psychosis in The Netherlands and Gent.  The dates are:

  •  20 Sept 2017 in the Rotterdam Schouwberg Theatre

  • 25-26 Sept in Gent Minardschouwberg

  • 28 Sept in Maastricht AINSI

  • 29 Sept in Brussels  KVS

There will be two different but linked performces of the play performed the one after the other.

The actors are Lien Wildemeersch and Benjamin Cools, the director is Jan Steen.  The performances are in English.

"Lien Wildemeersch en Benjamin Cools gingen elk afzonderlijk de confrontatie aan met wat volgens regisseur Jan Steen een van de krachtigste toneelteksten van de laatste vijftien jaar is. Ze maakten er hele verschillende versies van. Het publiek krijgt ze allebei te zien. Samen vormen ze één geheel: ze zijn met elkaar verbonden en klinken door in elkaar. De voorstelling wordt in het Engels gespeeld, in de originele versie.

'De dunne grens tussen waanzin en helderheid maakt deze 4.48 Psychosis zo menselijk. … Waar Wildemeersch de poëtische schrijfster, de zieke vrouw en de wanhopige minnares in zichzelf laat ontwaken, vraagt Benjamin Cools haar ten dans. In zijn handen wordt 4.48 Psychosis een muziekpartituur waarvan hij elk woord wil proeven. ... Door hun engagement creëren de twee spelers een gelijkwaardige, maar totaal verschillende intensiteit.” (De Standaard)'"

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4.48 Psychosis in New York, USA

4.48 Psychosis 

The Flamboyan Theater presents 4.48 Psychosis from 21- 24 Sept 2017.

"A mesmerizing play that follows the journey of a woman who struggles with severe depression and psychosis. It is a poetic outpouring from a region of the mind that most of us hope never to visit but from which many people can not escape. This particular interpretation is guided by our urge to understand Sarah Kane's meaning in the words: "Remember the light and believe the light" within the play.

An important part of our production will be conversations after every performance that will be led by a variety of mental health professionals who will dialogue with the audience, actors, and artistic staff. The play serves as a springboard for discussion as it leads its audience to reevaluate their thoughts and opinions regarding the themes of mental health that are portrayed."

The actors are Laura Delhauer, Nino Gurgenidze, Joshua James and Jamie Roach  The director is Jonathan Zautner, producers Nino Gurgenidze and Jonathan Zautner and assistant producer LauraDelhauer, movement Kendra Slack and Jordan Chlapecka and music Begi Moniava.

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Blasted in Victoria, Australia

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The Malthouse Company presents Blasted from 24 Aug -16 Sept 2017.

"A gin-swigging journalist and his young lover check into an anonymous hotel room. When a soldier and a war zone explode through the bathroom window, things become barbaric.  This was the debut script of in-your-face playwright prodigy Sarah Kane. Her prescient dissection of our response to violence was heralded as ‘depraved’ by some, ‘tender’ by others. So ignited the polarising firestorm of Kane’s blazing career."

Starring Andrea Demetriades and directed by Anne-Louise Sarks. Set and costume is by Marg Horwell and lighting by Paul Jackson.

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4.48 Psychosis in Sydney, Australia

4.48 Psychosis in Australia, click for link 

Workhorse Theatre Company present 4.48 Psychosis at the Old Fitz Theatre in Sydney from 16 Aug -9 Sept 2017.  The actors are Lucy Heffernan, Ella Prince and Zoe Trilsbach-Harrison.  The director is Anthony Skuse, set and costume design is by Jeremy Allen, lighting design is by Alexander Berlage, composition and live musician is Benjamin Freeman and stage management is by Genevieve Muratore.

"Hailed as the young playwright of her generation Sarah Kane lays her soul bare as she disintegrates before you and sheds light on the darkness and struggle of mental illness. The Guardian said of Sarah "Sarah Kane wrote simply and starkly about the world she saw around her... a mature and vividly theatrical response to the pain of living” In her final note to her agent regarding 4:48 Psychosis Sarah Kane wrote "do with it what you will, just remember — writing it killed me".  Containing no characters, stage directions or specified setting 4:48 is as unique as it is harrowing. Poetic, angry, full of love and frustration and darkly humorous this extraordinary work explores parts of the mind very few of us ever experience but from which some can never escape.".

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Cleansed in Sydney, Australia

Cleansed by Sarah Kane in Sydney 

Pact Theatre present Cleansed at Montague Basement, Sydney from 19- 23 Sept 2017.  It is directed and designed by Saro Lusty-Cavallari, produced by Imogen Gardam, dramaturg Michaela Savina, artwork Hannah Cox.  The actors are Sam Brewer, Lucy Burke, Alex Chalwell, Kurt Pimblett, Jem Rowe, Michaela Savina and Annie Stafford.

"In a nameless institution six disparate outcasts have their lives and bodies observed, dissected and obliterated by the eyes of the everpresent Tinker - perhaps a friend, perhaps a doctor, perhaps neither.  For the first time in over a decade the most shocking and controversial play by one of the world’s most shocking and controversial playwrights comes to the Sydney stage. Sarah Kane’s Cleansed pushes every element of theatre to its excruciating limits and Montague Basement’s daring multimedia production is a unique opportunity not to be missed.".

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4.48 Psychosis in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

4.48 Psychosis Malaysia 

The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre present 4.48 Psychosis from 2- 12 Nov 2017.  The actors are Phraveen Arikiah, Alex Chua, Claudia Low and Andrew Wood. The director is Kelvin Wong.

"Delve into the trippy and electrifying subconscious of an individual dealing with clinical depression. Through a support system of friends, appointments with the psychiatrist and an endless flow of antidepressants, will he come out of his rut and find light once more?".

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About Kane: the Playwright and the Work

Graham Saunders offers an important study of Sarah Kane. His survey includes a concise biography, in-depth analysis of Sarah Kane’s work, and interviews with Kane and those who helped to put her work on stage.  Click on the image for more details.



Sarah Kane in Context

Sarah Kane in Context edited by Laurens de Vos and Graham Saunders is available, published by Manchester University Press.  But it is expensive (Amazon list it as £55).



Guide to Blasted

Sarah Kane's Blasted. An in-depth study of the play by Helen Iball.



Skin on-line

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You can watch Skin on-line (this is a new improved link).  The script is by Sarah Kane, Vincent O´Connell directed and Ewan Bremner and Rose Marcie star.
Click on the image to watch the film. Thanks to Suzy and Ashleigh for the information.


4.48 Psychosis in London

4.48 Psychosis

The Angel Theatre Company present 4.48 Psychosis at Barons Court Theatre in London from 4-8 July 2017.  The actors are Lara Bell, Anna Bonnett, Izzy Daws, Sarah Kerr, Shanna Logan, Ciara Power and Christie Sylvester.

The company are donating proceeds from programme sales to Papyrus, an organisation dedicated to saving lives by helping to prevent suicide in young people.

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Edinburgh Festival


Theatre group Fear No Colours present Cleansed at C Nova from 5- 31 Aug 2015.

"The play itself is an exploration of love, loss, pain, and violence. Seven lovers find themselves trapped in an abandoned university and torture camp, where they endure impossible pain and horror to stay in love. Grace arrives to retrieve her dead brother’s belongings but senses his presence and decides to bring him back to life. Young and innocent Robin falls in love with Grace, Rod and Carl repeatedly endure impossible torture to stay together and Tinker desperately tries to connect with the nameless woman in the basement. Outside an army of rats gather for the feast of a lifetime."

Phaedra's Love

Fear No Colours also present Phaedra’s Love at the same venue from 5- 31 Aug 2015.

"Catastrophe strikes the nation as the Queen falls madly in love with her stepson.  Sarah Kane’s satirical take on the classic myth of Phaedra and Hippolytus. Greek tragedy is turned inside out, in surprisingly literal ways.

News. Another rape. Child murdered. War somewhere. A few thousand jobs gone. But none of this matters – because it’s a royal birthday. When Queen Phaedra falls hopelessly in love with her stepson, catastrophe is inevitable. The young prince has no interest in anyone’s affections, and his desire for absolute truth soon throws the nation’s morals into irreparable turmoil.

Kane’s retelling of Seneca’s classic deals with the torture of depression and the pain of unrequited love in a darkly humorous bloodbath. After all, few things are funnier than a classic tragedy.

Using movement, video and a strong focus on the truths our skin can tell us, Fear No Colours dive headfirst into Kane’s least performed play. This production of Phaedra’s Love is high energy, darkly hilarious and gut-wrenchingly painful."

Details are here.



Cruelty and Desire

Cruelty and Desire

A new book Cruelty and Desire in the Modern Theater: Artonin Artaud, Sarah Kane, and Samuel Beckett by Laurens De Vos.  "Departing from a refreshing look at the ideas of Artonin Artaud, this book provides a thorough analysis of how both Sarah Kane and Samuel Beckett are indebted to his legacy. In juxtaposing these playwrights, De Vos minutely points out how both in their own way struggle to coming to terms with Artaud."  It is expensive though, $75.00.

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4.48 Psychosis adaptation online

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A silent adaptation of 4.48 by Salar Shahna.  The actors are Debbie Porouchani-Jenz and Leily Bakhtiar.  Click on the image to watch it (4 min 12 secs).


Cruelty and Desire

Cruelty and Desire

A new book Cruelty and Desire in the Modern Theater: Artonin Artaud, Sarah Kane, and Samuel Beckett by Laurens De Vos.  "Departing from a refreshing look at the ideas of Artonin Artaud, this book provides a thorough analysis of how both Sarah Kane and Samuel Beckett are indebted to his legacy. In juxtaposing these playwrights, De Vos minutely points out how both in their own way struggle to coming to terms with Artaud."  It is expensive though, $75.00.

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Crave in Los Angeles USA

Directors Lab West in Los Angeles present Crave from 23- 30 May 2015.  The adaptor/director is Sarah M. Chichester, it is produced by Black Note Theatre Company and presented by Planet Connections Theatre Festivity.

Details are here.

4.48 Psychosis in Kingston upon Thames, UK

Kingston University Drama department present 4.48 Psychosis on 7 May 2015 at the Rose Studio, Rose Theatre, Kingston upon Thames.

"Her final play. Her final words. This production will make you question your perceptions of mental illness in innovative and exciting ways. What is mental illness? What is mental health? And how much of mental illness is just a part of the human experience? Vertigo Theatre Company explores and attempts to answer these essential questions in their riveting production of Sarah Kane's enigmatic masterpiece 4:48 Psychosis."

Details are here.

Crave in Cambridge, USA

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Machine 5 presents Crave.  It is on at:

  • 1- 2 May 2015 Green Street Studios, Cambridge, MA

  • 26 Jun 2015 Portland Stage Company - TFK/Storefront Space

"In this plotless play four characters known as A, B, C and M interact in a whirlwind of dialogues voicing ideas, emotions, memories and desires. Devoid of definitive interpretation and often cryptic, Crave is a poetic piece with distinct rhythm and musicality which I felt was an essential feature of the play."

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Sarah Kane plays in Sheffield, UK

Sarah Kane season - click for more details

A chance to see all of Sarah's plays and her film at Sheffield Theatres, UK.

"I had the great privilege of knowing Sarah Kane.

I got to act in two world premières of her plays. In fact, I actually got to act alongside her when she stepped in at the last moment to take over from the leading lady, who had injured her spine late on in the run. I remember how ‘real’ Sarah’s acting was. She made our acting look fake and theatrical.

Looking back at her brief career fifteen years after her death, I realise that her acting was characteristic of what I remember most about her as a person and as a writer. She was a truthseeker. She believed passionately that there wasn’t anything that couldn’t be represented in the theatre, however beautiful or cruel. If something existed, then it could (and should) be portrayed and discussed. She is undoubtedly one of the most courageous people I’ve known and I’m delighted to be presenting a season of her work here in Sheffield.

In her own way, Sarah Kane’s writing changed the face of British Theatre. Much has been said and written about her death, but it’s important to say that Sarah had a wonderful, dark sense of humour – and a huge heart. Her plays are full of tenderness and a yearning for love. During our season, there’ll be an opportunity to see her complete works – in full productions, in semi-staged readings and also on film."

4-21 Feb 2015         Blasted
13 Feb 2015             Phaedra's Love
6- 21 Mar 2015       Crave
7- 21 Mar 2015       4.48 Psychosis
20 Mar 2015            Cleansed and the film Skin

There is also a Blasted Theatre Skills Workshop on 11 Feb 2015 and Creating the Kane Season on 12 Feb 2015.

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Blasted in Wales

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The Other Room present Blasted from 17 Feb- 7 Mar 2015.  The actors are Christian Patterson, Louise Collins and Simon Nehan.
The director is Kate Wasserberg, composer Nick Gill, designers Ruth Hall & Max Jones, fight director Rachel Bown-Williams, sound design Dyfan Jones and lighting design Tom White.

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Blasted in Vancouver, Canada

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Blasted in on at Performance Works, Granville Isl

and from 10- 25 Apr 2015.  The actors are Cherise Clarke, Raresh DiMofte, and Michael Kopsa.  Sound and projection by Remy Siu, costumes by Carmen Alatorre, set by Drew Facey and graphic design by Kristen Johnston.

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4.48 Psychosis in Greece

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AΘεατρική Παράσταση ΨΥΧΩΣΗ! [4.48 Psychosis] της SARAH KANE

Παρ 20 & Σαβ 21 & Κυρ 22 & Δευτ 23 Μαρτίου στον Κιν/φο Βιτσέντζος Κορνάρος

Η παράσταση «Ψύχωση» είναι ένα ψυχολογικό θρίλερ βασισμένο στο κείμενο 4.48 Psychosis της Sarah Kane. Μια νεαρή κοπέλα, αποκλεισμένη από την ζωή στο διαμέρισμα της πολεμάει με τις τραυματικές αναμνήσεις και τις ανεκπλήρωτες επιθυμίες της. Εκτός από τον κοινωνικό περίγυρο, εδώ μοιάζει να είναι ένοχο για την κατάσταση του και το ίδιο το άτομο, που παραδόθηκε στις αυταπάτες, τις ανέφικτες επιδιώξεις και τις επιταγές ενός κόσμου που στήθηκε γύρω του σαν παγίδα.

Ο αγώνας δραπέτευσης από την υπαρξιακή κατάρρευση και την εμπόλεμη ζώνη στην οποία μετατράπηκε η καθημερινότητα, ο αγώνας υπεράσπισης της αγάπης και της ύστατης ανθρώπινης αξιοπρέπειας, η ανέλπιδη κραυγή ενάντια σε όλα όσα μας έκλεισαν σε ένα φαύλο κύκλο χωρίς έξοδο διαφυγής είναι τα θέματα που κρύβονται στον πυρήνα αυτής της παράστασης.

Η σκοτεινή ποιητική ματιά του Τάσου Σαγρή για την ζωή στις σύγχρονες μητροπόλεις συναντιέται με τον ήχο της ατέρμονης ψυχικής πίεσης του Biomass, τις αποσπασματικές αναμνήσεις από ηχοτοπία των JoyDivision, των Cure και την μελαγχολία της Lana Del Rey, τα φρενήρη video art παραληρήματα της Άλκιστης Καφετζή και του Εργαστηρίου Οπτικών Τεχνών του Κενού Δικτύου, τους εξπρεσιονιστικούς φωτισμούς του Γιώργου Παπανδρικόπουλου και την ιστοριογραφική ατμόσφαιρα του Σκωτσέζου συνεργάτη του σκηνοθέτη της ταινίας Trainspotting Dany Boyle, σκηνογράφο Κenny Mac Lellan chance to see all of Sarah's plays and her film at Sheffield Theatres, UK.


4.48 Psychosis in London

Sarah Kane 448  Psychosis - click for more details

Questors Theatre present 4.48 Psychosis from 23- 31 Feb 2015.  Click on the image for more details.



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