Because of the critical furore
from Blasted, Kaneīs next play was initially presented
under the name Marie Kelvedon.
people sit on chairs facing the audience and talk to the
Heīs following me... He
needs to have a secret but he canīt help telling The heat is going out of me/ The
heart is going out of me And though she cannot remember
she cannot forget Clutching
a fistful of sand What
ties me to you is guilt I crossed two rivers and wept by
one I am
the beast at the end of the rope Happy and free
Crave premiered at the Traverse Theatre,
Edinburgh on 13 August 1998. Directed by Vicky
Featherstone with the four roles, C, M, B and A played by
Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Ingrid Craigie, Paul Thomas
Hickey and Alan Williams. A previous version was
given as a staged reading "by accident to fill a gap
in a rehearsed reading season set up by Paines
Plough". Kane says "I think of it more as text for
performance than as a play" and
"I wanted to find out how good a poet I could be
while still writing something dramatic".
In The Guardian,
20 Aug 1988, Kane writes "Increasingly, Iím finding performance much
more interesting than acting, theatre more compelling than plays.
Unusually for me, Iím encouraging my friends to see my play Crave
before reading it, because I think of it more as text for
performance than as a play.".
For photos of Crave click here.