Sarah Kane’s last published work is widely considered her suicide note. Written shortly before her death, the play documents the inner psyche of the playwright and this production represents the dialogue through the medium of interpretative dance. Fourth Monkey’s production features heavily stylised costumes and staging, which felt too much for the text, nevertheless the work was captivating, the acting piercingly strong. The large, all-female cast representing fragments of Kane’s mind or those directly affecting it at the time of her demise (doctors and nurses), made a good effort to get behind the existential considerations of the play, and the sincerity evoked by all was believable and heartfelt. A testing watch, but a must-see.
theSpace @ Niddry Street, 1-10 Aug, and then 17-25 (odd dates only), 7.20pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Adam Bloodworth]