Blasted (Modern Plays) Paperback – 1 Jul 2003
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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"
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""
About the Author
Sarah Kane studied at Bristol and Birmingham universities. Recognised as a highly influential new vo ice in European theatre, her work was championed by the Royal Court. She died in February 1999, aged 28.
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Kane's best play in my opinion!
It sets off a chain of disturbingly violent events, some of which would be pretty hard to stage convincingly. I don't know whether these incidents would look a bit Titus Andronicus-y in performance; the play is really a very interior one, giving us an insight into playwright Sarah Kane's mind. As you probably know, Kane committed suicide in 1999- four years after Blasted- and all her plays are coloured by her mental illness.
That's not to say that they are simply mad ravings. For all the violence in the play, there is a great deal of tenderness. These two broken people need each other and would probably be unable to connect with anyone other than each other. Not that they can romantically connect with each other; Cate is reluctant towards Ian and Ian sees her as a tease. Yet what really comes across is the sense that these two people know each other completely.
For me, it is this personal relationship that is the core of the piece. Critics argued that Kane was trying to make a naive and simplistic point about the nature of war, but I disagree. It's an attempt to rationalise what is a play all about people behaving irrationally. What it's really about is the atrocities that humans- particularly lovers- can inflict upon each other.Read more ›
A suggestive name, for sure though.
However, read with an open mind and dismiss the opinions of these narrow minded judges of the mid nineties. Believe me, 'they know not what they say'. Sarah Kane's 'Blasted' holds an almost magnetic power that prevents the reader from putting the book down. Her characters, the sadistic Ian, the naive Cate and the unknown terrifying figure of the soldier are all painful in their intensity of portrayal, and the brutality is all necessary in conveying the sense of hopelessness and despair. It is a play designed to reflect upon our era, it is relevant, and in places it is even witty. What more could one ask from a script?
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Daughter read this for Uni.
Very thought provoking she said.
Needed this play as I was studying it at University. Exactly what it says.Published 15 months ago by Leanne
I ordered it due to im doing an essay for university. But its such an intresting story and well worth the read! Great quick service too!Published on 11 Jan. 2013 by Natasha Friend
"Blasted" is a real shock to the system; it encapsulates some of the worst fears and possibilities of modern society. It is fifteen years old, but hasn't aged at all. Read morePublished on 4 Dec. 2010 by M. J. Saxton
Blasted eh? It's not bad. That's not to say it's good either, for me the play was a little over the top, too over the top for it's purpose which, as I understand it, is to... Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2010 by Gonzelli
So war sucks and human nature has a dark side - Goodness, how shocking! Sorry all you 'Art-of-the-Ugly' cult members out there, but Sarah Kane's work is as dated, shallow and... Read morePublished on 5 Sept. 2009 by Mr. James Murphy