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Crave Portuguese premiere

Sarah Kane Crave Falta

Crave in Portuguese (Falta) with Sylvie Rocha, Isabel Muñoz Cardoso, Cláudio Silva and Jose Airosa.

The translation is by Peter Marques.

18 Jan 2001.


Crave in Dresden, Germany

Sarah Kane Crave Dresden Crave directed by Nora Somaini, with Kati Eckerfeld, Anna Stieblich, Petra Wolf, Martin Brauer, Christoph Krix and Jörg Thieme.  There are six actors- do they share the roles on different days or are all six on stage?

25 Jan 2001 at the Staatsschauspiel, Dresden.


Blasted in Copemhagen, Denmark

The Danish premiere of Blasted opened in January 2001 at the Cafe Theatre in Copenhagen.

Cate was played by Lisbeth Wulff, the soldier was Søren Malling and Ian was Henrik Prip. The director was Jens August Wille.

Thanks to Henrik for the information.


Cleansed in Athens, Greece

Graham and Carl in Cleansed

Cleansed ran in Athens in Apr-May 2001 and was revived from 1 Oct- 30 Nov 2001 at Roes Theatre, Athens.

The director is Lefteris Voyatzis and the players are Lefteris Voyatzis (Tinker), Nikos Kouris (Graham), Thanos Samaras (Carl), Christos Loulis (Rod), Amalia Moutousi (Grace), Yiannos Perlengas (Robin), Alexia Kaltsiki (Woman).


Crave France

Sarah Kane Manque

Crave (Manque) in Paris, France at the Théâtre de la Bastille. The director was Jean-Marie Patte and the actors were Astrid Bas, Elsa Bosc, Sébastien Bravart and Marc Toupence. 9-14 Jan 2001.


Crave Catalan premiere in Spain

Sarah Kane Crave

Crave in Catalan (Ànsia), performed in Cataluña, Spain.
The director was Xavier Albertí, with roles performed by Actors: Lina Lambert, Alícia Pérez, Xavier Albertí, Julio Manrique.  The play was translated by Ernest Riera.

Blasted in Germany

Sarah Kane Blasted

Blasted (Zerbompt) with Yves Grimmler, Nicole Hommel and Christian Kerschl.  The director was Katrin Hötzel and video was by Peter Berger. Theater Halle 2-3 Mar 2001.


Cleansed American premiere

Sarah Kane Cleansed Cleansed in Chicago, America. The director was Lisa Rothschiler of Defiant Theatre who also directed the American premiere of Phaedra´s Love.


"How much are you willing to suffer for the sake of those you love? Cleansed tells the stories of a grieving sister, a compassionate ghost, a delicate mental patient, and a tortured gay couple. For each, love provides fierce blooms of hope in a world of control and unpunished cruelty"


Crave (Hunker) The Netherlands

Sarah Kane Crave Hunker

Hunker (Crave) toured The Netherlands through June. Translated into Dutch by Marcel Otten, directed by Hans Trentelman and with Marie Christine de Both, Mieneke Bakker, Hans Leipsig and Geert Jan Romeijn.


"A similar staging to that in The Royal Court (four chairs facing the audience) but with a different order of players (A, B, M, C from the audience viewpoint) which is effective in breaking up the pairing of A/C, and M/ B and increases the interchangeability of the text.  The performance also used music to break the piece into scenes, which provides the audience with time to assimilate the dialogue."


Crave in USA

Sarah Kane Crave USA The Nora Theatre Company version of Crave in Boston. May 2001.

The director is Elaine Vaan Hogue and the players are Steven Barkhimer (A), Eric Radford Weiss (B), Anne Gottlieb (C) and Laura Lanfranchi (M).


"Of the group, the person known as C emerges as the central figure; she’s the most victimized one, notably in a gang-rape moment in which B, holding her from behind, jerks her body up and down while A assails her with a sexual harangue. It’s in C’s voice that we seem to hear the playwright address us most directly (“I am here to remember”; “I hate these words that keep me alive”), and Vaan Hogue twice builds climaxes by having C step downstage, apart from the others, to speak" (from review by Chris Fujiware).


Crave Australian premiere

Company B's production of Crave showed at Belvoir Street Theatre (Downstairs) in Sydney from 28 Jun-15 Jul 2001.


Blasted Australian premiere

La Boite Theatre in Brisbane presented Blasted from 12 - 28 Jul.


Blasted Portuguese premiere

Sarah Kane Blasted in Portugal Blasted in Portuguese (Ruínas) with Carla Bolito, João Saboga and Vítor Correia.

The directors were Jorge Silva Melo and Paulo Claro. The translation was by Pedro Marques.


Blasted Belgium premiere

Blasted (Anéantis) had it Belgium premiere in Charleroi, Théâtre de l'Ancre, on 9-13 Oct followed by a run in Brussels, Théâtre de Poche, 16 Oct- 3 Nov. The director was Michel Bernard.


Crave in Berlin

Crave (Gier) in Lehniner Platz, Berlin. The director was Thomas Ostermeier and the players were Thomas Dannemann, Cristin König, Falk Rockstroh and Michaela Steiger. The text was translated into German by Marius von Mayenbrug. It was a collaboration between the Théâtre National de la Colline and Schaubühne.


Sarah Kane festival (Blasted, Crave, 4.48 Psychosis)

Sarah Kane Blasted The Royal Court´s tribute to Kane with revivals of Blasted, Crave and 4.48 Psychosis, and readings of Phaedra´s Love and Cleansed.

Sarah Kane festival Blasted

Blasted from 29 Mar to 28 Apr 2001.
Directed by James Macdonald. The actors were Neil Dudgeon, Tom Jordan Murphy and Kelly Reilly. Designed by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting by Jean Kalman and sound by Paul Arditti.

"...Blasted is superbly played, maintaining irresistible tension moment by moment by moment. Impossible for an outsider to guess whether Macdonald just hit upon a superbly right cast, or whether it was his direction that raised them all to this pitch of cruelly precise exposure; but Neil Dudgeon's portrait of Ian is formidably exposed and unsparing, and Kelly Reilly's Cate as delectably funny and dim as she is touchingly graceful... For the Soldier the script offers fewer clues; Tom Jordan Murphy plays him flat, offhand, rather companionable, dead behind the eyes. Kane's laconically suggestive text needs a lot of winkling out, and these three actors use their leisurely two hours to winkle it completely." The Financial Times.


"What strikes me about [this performance of] the play is how the audience is subjected to such a rigorous stripping down of human personality. It is clear to me that Kane wanted to ask- how can normal, safe human life relate to the terrible extremes of suffering and cruelty which exist".  John from discussion page, 30-4-2001 (thanks John).


Sarah Kane festival Crave

Crave from 8 May to 9 Jun 2001.
A Paines Plough production directed by Vicky Featherstone. The actors were Ingrid Craigie, Andrew Scott, Eileen Walsh and Alan Williams.
Designed by Georgia Sion, lighting by Nigel J Edwards.


Sarah Kane festival 4.48 Psychosis

4.48 Psychosis from 5 May to 9 Jun 2001.
Directed by James Macdonald. The actors were Daniel Evans, Jo McInnes and Madeleine Potter.
Designed by Jeremy Herbert, lighting by Nigel J Edwards and sound by Paul Arditti.

"...Macdonald's staging (of 4.48 Psychosis), with the audience sitting in steeply raked seats on the stage and the action taking place in what was once the Royal Court's stalls, is hypnotic, harrowing and strangely beautiful... The performances of Daniel Evans, Jo McInnes and Madeleine Potter have a precision and an emotional rawness that are almost unbearable to witness. The final moments offer an astonishing coup de theatre, and a most moving suggestion of peace. This is a great production of a masterpiece of mental and emotional extremity..." The Daily Telegraph.


Australian premiere of Blasted

Genre Productions and La Boite Theatre, Brisbane. Director Linda Hassall and the players Steven Grives (Ian), Melinda Butel (Cate) and Marcel Dorney (the soldier).  12-28 July 2001.

"the slow burn of Cate’s evolving strength is marvellous to watch. Melinda Butel’s performance of Cate leaves you hurting with empathy. The trajectory of Cate’s story, as she becomes more robust, is successful because of the playing. Steven Grives, as Ian, brings together a mix of nastiness striped with pure sleaze and he successfully demonstrates the fragility of these defences in the face of threat. Marcel Dorney, the skulking soldier - the alien in the landscape of the text, takes a remarkable tour through chaos in his role but retains his focus well and seems to have found something to redeem the Soldier in his portrayal" (from Cath Hart´s review, m/c reviews, 25 Jul 2001).



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