Royal Court - Jerwood Theatre
Where: West End
10 May 2001 WOS Rating: Average Reader Rating: Reader Reviews: View and add to our user reviews Crave - Sarah Kane's penultimate play being shown nightly at the Royal Court in tandem with 4.48 Psychosis which the theatre first staged posthumously last year - is like a poem for four voices that are simultaneously dislocated yet connected to each other. Each of this haunting pair of one-acters, individually bracing, becomes cumulatively overwhelming when seen in the context of the other. It is work that is terrifyingly torn straight from the heart.
They are staged in a completely reconfigured Royal Court that enhances the sense of dislocation that the plays are about.
Crave, first seen at the Traverse in 1998 as part of the Edinburgh Festival and subsequently transferring to the Court's Theatre Upstairs (when it was in residence at the New Ambassadors), is revived in Vicky Featherstone's original Paines Plough production, but with only Ingrid Craigie remaining from the original company of four.
Staged with utter simplicity on a platform that has been built over the front of the Court's dress circle, the audience is seated in the circle and gallery. We face the four actors who also remain seated throughout as they recite these incantations of love and loss.
In Kane's hypnotic cascade of words, played with a spontaneous precision by this superb company,
Crave is full of resonant images of emotional desolation but also, sometimes, hope. As well as Craigie, the other extraordinary performers are Eileen Walsh, Andrew Scott and Alan Williams.
Seeing it with
4.48 Psychosis is like taking a trip on the London Eye, but with far more devastating consequences. The experience gives you a totally different perspective on familiar landmarks of the human condition; and you return to earth, or at least Sloane Square, with a totally changed view.
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