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Online Iain Fisher

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Caryl Churchill on Sarah Kane
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2009, 09:22:39 PM »
When Blasted was being attacked by the press, playwright Caryl Churchill wrote a letter to The Guardian on 25 Jan 1995:

"... there's been such a ridiculous outcry about Blasted that I'd like to say how much I admire it.  Far from being a mindless string of violent events, as the press has suggested, I found it a coherent story starting from ... social observation... but able to move into the surreal to show connections between local, domestic violence and the atrocities of war.  I find it hard to see why people are so shocked by these things being in a play rather than by the things themselves.

How do we write about a world where all this happens?  Sarah Kane has taken it on with a sharp ear for dialogue and a bolds imagination for action.  Though violent things happen, I found it rather a tender play".