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Blasted, touring UK

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In Spring 2006, Graeae took Blasted on a national tour.  "This bold new interpretation, by Artistic Director Jenny Sealey, will extend your idea of what is possible in theatre."  Jenny Ellison played Cate, Gerard McDermott played Ian and David Toole played the soldier.

Graeae is a disabled-led theatre company which profiles the skills of actors, writers and directors with physical and sensory impairments. The artistic approach creates aesthetically accessible productions that include a disabled and non-disabled audience.

Artistic Director Jenny Sealey says "I have always known about Blasted, but I did not really discover the play until recently when I worked on it with two blind directors and a team of actors.  We found the play lent itself perfectly to the Graeae aesthetic, and provided fascinating opportunities for us to take a creative approach to interpreting otherwise non-verbal communication within the script.  Directing a Graeae cast in a play in which so many metaphors surrounding disability exist will present unique challenges. We must ensure the actors own these metaphors. We believe the roles played by someone who is disabled will excavate so much more of Kane’s language and that will emerge from a personal connection with the text. This promises to be an extremely exciting and potentially explosive interpretation.  Blasted remains one of the most cutting edge plays of 20th Century and with only 4 main productions in the UK and in the light of recent events in Iraq and the London bombings this piece remains a testament to the world we live in."

Dates included:
- 29-31 Mar 2006 Trinity Theatre, Church Road, Tunbridge Wells
- 4-5 Apr 2006 Unity Theatre, Hope Place, Liverpool
- 6- 7 Apr 2006 Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park, Nottingham
- 11- 15 Apr 2006 Drum Theatre, Royal Parade, Plymouth
- 19- 22 Apr 2006 The Tron, 63 Trongate, Glasgow
- 25- 29 Apr 2006 Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham
- 9- 11 May 2006 York Theatre Royal, St. Leonard's Place, York
- 12-13 May 2006 Stephen Joseph Theatre, Westborough, Scarborough

Click on the image for more details.  Thanks to Brendan for the information.


Blasted, Yorkshire UK

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Blasted was performed by Theatre North from 5-8 Jul 2006.  It was on at the Victoria Theatre in Settle, North Yorkshire.  The production was expected to go on a Northern tour in 2007.  Click on the image for more details.  Thanks to Martin for the information.


4.48 Psychose in Gent, Belgium

Sarah Kane 4.48 Psychosis Nanette Eden

Nanette Eden's one-woman 4.48 Psychose was revived in Gent on 2 Jun 2006.  It was in Dutch.  The director was Olivier Provily.  Thanks to Nanette for the information.   Recommended.


Crave in San Diego, USA

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Lynx Performance Theatre presented the San Diego, CA Premiere of Crave.  It was directed by Al Germani and ran from 14 Apr- 14 May 2006.  Click on the image for more details.


4.48 Psychosis in Sussex, UK

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The Stables Theatre presented a production of 4.48 Psychosis from 11- 15 April 2006.  It was be performed as a double bill with Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter.

The cast for 4.48 were: Jackie Eichler, Sarah Evans and Vicky Evans.   It was on at The Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings, East Sussex.  Thanks to Dominic for the information.  Click on the image for more information.

Blasted in Reading, UK

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Progress Theatre, The Mount, Christchurch Road, Reading presented Blasted from 20-26 Mar 2006.  The director was Rik Eke, Chris Bertrand playsedIan, Lisamarie Court played Cate and Luke Robinson played the soldier.  Technical director was Patrick Keys, Lighting Design Martin Noble, Sound Design Geoff Dallimore, Set Design Peter Charles, Stage Manager Emily Proctor, Costume Design Heather Kay and Programme and Display James Baster.  Click on the image above for more details.

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4.48 Psychosis in California, USA

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4.48 Psychosis came to Orange County, California.  It was presented as a one-woman show by Hunger Artists Theatre Company.  It was on from 24 Feb- 19 Mar 2006.  The director was Jeremy Gable and the actress was Jessica Topliff.

Click on the link for more details.  Thanks to Jeremy for the details.


4.48サイコシス 4.48 Psychosis in Tokyo, Japan

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Nishi-sugamo Arts Factory presented 4.48 Psychosis as part of the Tokyo International Arts Festival.  It was on from 18-21 Mar 2006.  The director was Hatsumi Abe and the dramaturg was Kaku Nagashima.  Click on the image for more details.



4.48 Psychosis in London, UK

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Tangram Theatre Company and Jana Manekshaw presented 4.48 Psychosis from 21 Feb to 11 Mar 2006.  The actors were Efi Dementi, Emily Randall, Géhane Strehler, Pola Anton, Rebecca Pownall, Tessa Nicholson, Tracey-Anne Liles.  The director was Daniel Goldman, the producer was Jana Manekshaw, the production stage manager Kirsten Turner, lighting by Lawrence Stromski, design Margaret Krawecka and sound Adan Doran.

"A dynamic new chorus production of Sarah Kane’s last play... 4.48 Psychosis is Sarah Kane's brutal and poetic exploration of a mind preparing to shut itself down. Spiked with gallows humour, Sarah Kane's fifth and final play charts the journey of mind and body; from darkness into light, from pain into love, from life into death."

Benjamin Davis in Time Out (8-15 Mar 2006) says "A chorus of seven women chime with Kane's beloved (Greek) themes (love, death, sacrifice)... Director Daniel Goldman has done a fine job of creating an uncomfortable, essential experience".

Sarah Kane 4.48 Psychosis
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It was on at the Old Red Lion Theatre, London.  Click on the image for more details.  Thanks to Jana for the information.


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