19:45, Tue 17th – Sat 21st October 2006 at ADC Theatre
Michaelmas Week 2
'I think that what happens in war is that suddenly, violently, without any warning whatsoever, people's lives are completely ripped to pieces. So I literally just picked up a moment in the play, I thought I'll plant a bomb and blow the whole fucking thing up.'
Slaughtered by the press when it first opened, Blasted, is the most controversial and talked about play of the last 20 years. You can't beat Sarah Kane's 'sustained onslaught on the sensibilities for sheer, unadulterated brutalism'. Not a play for the faint hearted, Blasted, is sure to provoke a searing debate between audiences at the ADC. Imagine an expensive hotel room, imagine it being blown up. Blasted pushes the medium of theatre to its furthest limitations. It is an essay on extremity, on desire, fear and barbarity, it defies any definite situation which prevents us from neatly defining it as something alien to us. The play's horror is inescapable, it avoids attribution to any single scenario or character type, the brutality that will unfold on the ADC stage will be both recognisable and applicable to you, as much as you attest otherwise. Let your morbid fascination manifest. Blasted's violence is a reality, a reality this production will force us to accept.