Sarah Kane wrote the play 4:48 Psychosis as she plummeted deeper into her despair. This is her final curtain fall, the finale of her creative life. Ironically she digs her lonely days of dirt with words that are crafted with epic beauty.
‘Love keeps me a slave in a cage of tears’
Sylvia Plath’s Bell Jar or Shakespeare’s Othello are fitting comparisons to a raw but majestic construction of words. Kane is a natural poet capable of building a visual palace out off the darkest recesses of her mind. Director Kendall-Jane Rundle chose a naked space to adorn the language.
Kane is terrified of banality.
‘Don’t shut off my mind’
‘Theres not a drug on Earth that can make this life meaningful’
The drug that Kane aches for is Hope.
‘I am charging toward my death.’
Despite the dark subject matter, it is a strong script, tailored direction and an absorbing performance.
The Director and principle Actor Kendall-Jane Rundle responded to the tiredness of Kane by using furniture that was muted rather than white to create the worn-out feel that the writer expresses. She toned down the delivery to create a realistic feel to the drama. On Thursday night an audience that suffered the affliction viewed the performance and claimed that it was an accurate portrayal of the condition.
Jeff Wortman played the Doctor and love interest of Kane’s character. In the performance his professional position kept him aloof from the desperation of his patient, she tries to pull him in and he tries to pull away. As an actor it was just as difficult to ‘turn off’ to the confronting content.
Without wanting to take her pain
Shane Grant created the lighting for the episodic depiction of Kane; rather than being a light that shines from above his lights chase her through the darkness and allows the audience to fold into the deeper layers of the script.
Overall it was perfectly complete.
“At the end she was calm” Rundle
Review & Photography by A Forward