Continuing the company’s tradition for dedicating seasons to playwrights whose work has influenced a generation, this year Sheffield will stage the complete works of the playwright Sarah Kane.
Continuing the company’s tradition for dedicating seasons to playwrights whose work has influenced a generation, this year Sheffield will stage the complete works of the playwright Sarah Kane, with productions of Blasted – directed by Richard Wilson, and Crave and 4.48 Psychosis – directed by Charlotte Gwinner. Alongside this, Evans will direct semi-staged readings of Phaedra’s Love and Cleansed; and a screening of her film Skin.
Sarah Kane (1971 – 1999) was Writer in Residence at Paines Plough and Literary Associate at the Bush Theatre. Her complete works will be staged within this season.
Daniel Evans: I had the great privilege of knowing Sarah Kane. I got to act in two world premières of her plays. In fact, I actually got to act alongside her when she stepped in at the last moment to take over from the leading lady, who had injured her spine late on in the run. I remember how ‘real’ Sarah’s acting was. She made our acting look fake and theatrical.
Looking back at her brief career fifteen years after her death, I realise that her acting was characteristic of what I remember most about her as a person and as a writer. She was a truth seeker. She believed passionately that there wasn’t anything that couldn’t be represented in the theatre, however beautiful or cruel. If something existed, then it could (and should) be portrayed and discussed. She is undoubtedly one of the most courageous people I’ve known and I’m delighted to be presenting a season of her work here in Sheffield.
In her own way, Sarah Kane’s writing changed the face of British Theatre. Much has been said and written about her death, but it’s important to say that Sarah had a wonderful, dark sense of humour – and a huge heart. Her plays are full of tenderness and a yearning for love. During our season, there’ll be an opportunity to see her complete works – in full productions, in semi-staged readings and also on film.
Tickets for The Sarah Kane Season are on sale now from Sheffield Theatres’ Box Office, from £12.00* with a Season Ticket Deal available. To book a Season Ticket please call the Box Office on 0114 249 6000. To find out more information on the Sarah Kane Season and to book please click here.