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|Suicide Kane Lives Again
- Festival scheduled for late great playwright
THE ROYAL COURT celebrates the late Sarah Kane's work with a month long festival starting March 29. Blasted and Crave contain the scenes of cannibalism and rape that made Kane famous, whilst 4.48 Psychosis dramatises suicide and was written shortly before the 28 year old killed herself.
The theatre that first commissioned Kane's plays is also staging rehearsed readings of her less known works, Phaedra's Love and Cleansed. Furthermore the festival includes a revival of the brutal Ashes to Ashes by 70 year old Harold Pinter, the playwright currently rumoured to be starring in a film.
Pinter praised Kane's work even when newspapers protested against the violence of her plays and called for their closure. "She was facing something actual and true and ugly and painful," he said.