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Posted by: M
« on: July 14, 2012, 12:04:13 PM »

Karis - I realise this thread has been long abandoned but I find what you say about Freud really interesting - can you elaborate at all?
Posted by: archive
« on: August 15, 2007, 03:49:49 PM »

I thought; on first reading this play that it could fit in with Freud's ideaswith id, ego and superego, wondered if anyone thought the same <?>

Archive 30-6-2003
Posted by: archive
« on: August 15, 2007, 03:49:09 PM »

yeah that's right not only does it disturb the expected pattern but it inserts mother where dad could be... look it's just a thought.. or happy coincicdence

Archive 3-2-2002
Posted by: archive
« on: August 15, 2007, 03:48:22 PM »

I Think there is just another simple formal point about A, B, C, and M. First of all it is like in one of Beckett's short-plays so it' like a citate on him. Also the normal order would be abcd of course but usimg m instead of d is disturbing the order and that's something all of her plays does in many ways

Archive 13-5-2001
Posted by: archive
« on: August 15, 2007, 03:47:44 PM »

I agree with you that C stands for Sarah Kane after all the letter C is the only one in the English alphabet that can both signify the sounds S for Sarah and K for Kane!

Archive 11-5-2001
Posted by: archive
« on: August 15, 2007, 03:46:55 PM »

I will just add my long-held personal belief that C = Sarah.

Archive 30-4-2001
Posted by: archive
« on: August 15, 2007, 03:46:03 PM »

Thnaks to Graham Saunders for telling me Sarah herself once said in a public talk that A could variously stand for Author, Abuser, Antichrist or (Simon Kane's idea) A***hole, and that the others are indeed Child, Mother and Boy. I think that settles the matter.

Archive 23-4-2001
Posted by: archive
« on: August 15, 2007, 03:45:14 PM »

According to the promotional leaflet issued by the Royal Court when Crave first ran there, they stand for Author, Mother, Child and Boy, but I agree that we shouldn't confine the characters in these straitjackets.

Archive 19-4-2001
Posted by: archive
« on: August 15, 2007, 03:44:33 PM »

Hi Kate,

Aleks Sierz┬┤s book says "the older man, the abuser, is infatuated with a young black girl who cannot re*** THIS IS SPAM MARKED FOR DELETION ***cate because she is haunted by an abused past that she can neither remember nor forget. At the same time an older woman tries to seduce a young man in the hope that he will father the child she is desperate for. In this case A stands for abuser, B for boy, C for child and M for mother. The trouble with this approach is that it tends to limit interpretations of a deliberately open-ended text".

I think these descriptions of A,B,C,M help on the first reading, but then you should start letting them go.

As a comparison, John Arden says about his play Serjeant Musgrave┬┤s Dance:

"I started off calling the character ┬┤The Surly Soldier┬┤ ... if you call a character ┬┤The Surly Soldier┬┤, it is going to make an actor think he has got to be surly all the way through. It was not until they had names that the soldiers really came alive as people".

I hope this helps rather than confuses


Archive 17-4-2001
Posted by: archive
« on: August 15, 2007, 03:43:46 PM »

Could anyone tell me what the characters "A" "B" "C" and "M" signify in CRAVE? Just curious. Contact me at: ***@***.***. Thanks, kate

Archive 17-4-2001