Kane's work is difficult - a massive understatement! Not just for the huge number of directors and actors who have wrestled with it all over the world for many years now, but also for audiences who have witnessed just about every indecent act human being have the potential to inflict on each other. Those of us familiar with her work will not forget the good old Daily Mail describing Kane's Blasted as "a feast of filth" - a tired old phrase now.
However, beyond the blood, torture and gore there lies a study of being human which is deeper than the deepest ocean. Arguably, 4.48 goes deeper in this respect than any of her other plays. It is much more than a dislocated, random exploration of mental illness and it is way more than a suicide note - for those of you who did not know, Sarah took her own life after writing it. I did take the opportunity to look at past productions on the old YouTube and much to my horror I came across some hideous Artaudian monsters... A-level students in white sacks screaming "I am sad!!!!" - avoid!
We have tried to keep this ensemble working of her final work simple. There is rock and roll, but it has been designed to comment on the world of the play - every track has been carefully chosen and the music is there to serve an important theatrical purpose. Apart from some simple movement sequences which represent states of mind, it is the actors and Sarah.