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Blasted (Student Editions)


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A student edition of Sarah Kane's seminal play with its uncompromising depiction of rape, torture and violence in a society at war with itself. The Introductionincludes a scene-by-scene summary, a detailed commentary on thedramatic, social and political context, and on the themes, characters andlanguage.

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Sarah Kane was born in 1971. Her work includes the plays Blasted, Phaedra's Love, Cleansed, 4.48 Psychosis and the short film Skin. Sarah Kane died in 1999, aged 28, and is now recognised as one of the most influential voices in modern European theatre. Ken Urban is a playwright and director, and currently teaches theatre and playwrighting at Harvard University.


'Sarah Kane's first play was hugely controversial when staged at the Royal Court in 1995 and, if the intervening years have diminished its shock value a little, it remains a deeply divisive piece about the reality of violence, a sensory onslaught will prompt walkouts but also inspire epiphanies.' * Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard (London), 29.10.10 *
'Blasted is undoubtedly a landmark of modern theatre, its moral force at once uncanny and explosive.' * Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard (London), 29.10.10 *
'Kane's play is wild, but artful too.' * Susannah Clapp, Observer, 31.10.10 *
'this is a play of exceptional power and prescience.' * Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph, 1.11.10 *
'now rightly regarded as a milestone in British theatre.' * Paul Callan, Daily Express, 5.11.10 *
Twenty years after it opened to critical incomprehension and outrage, there's no way that Sarah Kane's Blasted can be dismissed as a naive shocker. It's far too smartly crafted for that. The play wears its magpie borrowings on its sleeve - from Brecht to Beckett to Pinter - and still rings loudly with the clarity of Kane's own bell-like Cassandra voice. * Guardian *
Blasted emerges yet again as a devastating achievement, a play of furious passion and thrilling theatrical audacity . . . a landmark play of undiminished power. * The Times *

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