Catch Sarah Kane’s powerful drama 4:48 Psychosis in Kensington in September

4. 48 Psychosis by Crooked Pieces

Photo courtesy of Crooked Pieces

Opening on 5 September at The Drayton Theatre, Crooked Pieces’ interpretation of 4:48 Psychosis.

4:48 Psychosis, Sarah Kane’s last play, has been interpreted as a scorching, elegiac suicide note from a mind that knew true darkness and yet light too. From a body of work that only comprised of five plays, one short film, and a couple of newspaper articles, Kane’s in-yer-face innovative theatrical experimentation has become part of the canon.

“I had a night where everything was revealed to me. How can I speak again?”

A fractured mind finds a moment of clarity when desperation visits at 4.48. Fighting through flashes of fragmented thought, she clings to a truth that no one ever utters. Six actors portray Sarah Kane’s masterpiece of a woman severed by the struggle of her own mortality in this darkly comedic and emotionally searing production. First performed at the Royal Court in June 2000, it was her final work before her death in 1999.

Crooked Pieces are a new theatre group founded by Charlotte Donachie, Bethan Clark and Natalie O’Shaughnessy, who were frustrated by the lack of female written work currently produced in the UK – who decided to take positive action to do something about it.

Based in London, they will produce and perform work by female writers of the past, present and future, aiming to redress the balance and celebrate the female voice on stage.

4:48 Psychosis
The Drayton Arms Theatre
153 Old Brompton Road, SW5 0LJ
5-29 September 2012
Tickets: £8 /£7 local residents

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