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If you have read or seen a Sarah Kane play, or have heard about her, here are some tips on what to do next.

Reading plays

The five Kane plays are available in print either individually or in the collected edition. There are also translations available in many languages. Libraries may have copies.

Blasted, Crave and 4.48 Psychosis are typically the plays people start with. Each is very different, and it may be a shock moving from one to another (Crave to Blasted, Blasted to Crave), but it is worth it.

If you are not sure which one to read, look at the links or the message board to get a feel for which one will appeal most to you.

Click on "books" or "discuss" at the bottom of the page

click for glossary Glossary

A glossary of the words that Sarah Kane uses.

click for quotations Quotations

The quotations Kane uses, particularly in Crave.

Sarah ane 4.48 Psychosis Seeing performances

There are performances of Kane's work all over the world. The Hot News page gives details.

Try and see a performance of Kane's work. Because the plays are still seen as controversial, the companies who perform them tend to be committed to her work, so you are more likely to get a passionate performance.

Click on "hot news" at the bottom of the page

Sarah Kane 4.48 Psychosis Performance and photos pages

The photos pages show how the plays have been performed around the world.

The performance pages list past productions of the plays.  There are some reviews or articles by members of the audience, or by the directors, written especially for the site. 

Click on "much more" at the bottom of the page

 Sarah Kane Blasted On-line links

On the three links pages skim the articles until you see something that sounds interesting, then read more.  Some of the links are superficial, some contain real insights.

Click on "much more" at the bottom of the page

Sarah Kane 4.48 Psychosis Discussing

The site has a message board. Many of the people who use the board are like you, they have just started to get into Sarah Kane's plays. If you are worried about asking "obvious" or "simple" questions just go ahead. It is a friendly group of people, and remember that many other people will have the same question as you, so will appreciate you for asking it. Also Kane's work is good fun, so its great talking about it.

A tip: don't ask people to mail you answers, but discuss it on the site. Then everyone benefits, and more people can join in.

Click on "discuss" at the bottom of the page

 


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