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Posted by: archive
« on: August 23, 2007, 08:08:10 PM »

I've not seen a production but I assume it means that the stage directions, when in brackets, function as lines... meaning that they take the place of lines, and are meant to be as expressive. For example, when the soldier smiles before telling Ian about breaking the womans spine, the smile is meant to convey his state of mind both at the time and in retrospect, and function as part of the conversation in itself. The unbracketed directions are movement based, not conversation based. On a different subject, does anyone have any opinions on how neccessary it is to portray the violence so explicitly and how much of it do we NEED to see? Cheers, Claire

Archive 25-5-2003
Posted by: archive
« on: August 23, 2007, 08:07:37 PM »

I'm new to Sarah Kane. In my text of Blasted it says that stage directions in brackets () function as lines. Should the actors actually speak these then? A friend saw the original production and didn't think they did. Can anyone help please?

Archvie 23-5-2003