4:48 Psychosis

Theatre, Drama Old Fitzroy Theatre , Wooloomooloo Saturday August 19 2017 - Saturday September 9 2017
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4:48 Psychosis
Photograph: John Marmaras
Lucy Heffernan, Zoe Trilsbach and Ella Prince

Sarah Kane's confronting final play, about the darkness of depression, comes to the Old FItz

Sarah Kane only wrote a handful of plays in her short life, but they have made a huge impact on the British and global theatre scene. Her astonishingly – often brutally – intense style has left audiences reeling. 4:48 Psychosis, about the darkness of depression, might be the hardest of her plays to take in. It’s a fragmentary and poetic exploration of major depression, poking at treatment and the self, and mired in despair. It’s a deeply personal play and it stumped critics when it opened in London in 2000, a year after Kane died by suicide; as legendary critic Michael Billington wrote, “How on earth do you award aesthetic points to a 75-minute suicide note?”

Anthony Skuse, a mainstay of the independent scene who treats all his subjects with compassion, will lead the three person cast: Lucy Heffernan, Ella Prince, and Zoe Trilbach-Harrison.

Take note: talk of suicide and suicidal ideation features heavily in this play.

Venue name: Old Fitzroy Theatre
Address: 129 Dowling St
Price: $30-$42
Event website: https://www.redlineproductions.com.au/448-psychosis