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Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 3/29/2001
Publisher(s): Bloomsbury Methuen Drama


In January of 1995, Sarah Kane's first full-length play, Blasted, opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London. It became the cause??c??l??bre of the theatrical year, making front-page headlines and outraging critics with its depiction of rape, torture, and violence in civil war. "Kane has an acute grasp of sexual politics, and her dialogue is both sparse and stunning. They will call her mad, but, then, they said that about Strindberg."-Mail on Sunday "Until last night, I thought I was immune from shock in any theatre. I am not."-Daily Mail "You're often unsure whether they're laughing or crying on stage and Kane's singular gift as a dramatist is to make you feel like doing both at the same time."-Observer

Author Biography

Sarah Kane (1971 – 1999) was an English dramatist. She is best known for the extraordinary public controversy over Blasted, her first play which, like subsequent works from her, were shocking and defining moments in theater: explosive, theatrical, lyrical and laced with emotional power and bleak humor.

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"I do not think I've yet seen a play that can beat Sarah Kane's sustained onslaught on the sensibilities for sheer unadulterated brutalism."—Evening Standard

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