Press release issued 20 April 2012
A rare revival of Sarah Kane’s modern classic Crave comes to the Wickham Theatre at the University of Bristol next week. Kane was a graduate of the University’s Department of Drama: Theatre, Film, Television.
The production, which runs from Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 April, marks the return to Bristol of the Olivier Award-winning Actors’ Touring Company.
When Crave was first performed in 1998, Kane used the pseudonym of Marie Kelvedon. By that time her work had developed a reputation for on-stage violence but Crave was seen as a departure from this.
The poetic quality of the work eschews narrative and setting and presents disconnected meditations on love and yearning. Crave is about what life does to people.
Four performers embody the competing voices of a mind in torment and ecstasy, embittered, dismayed and often bewildered by an existence over which they have no control.
The production is the first major revival in ten years of a contemporary classic, a groundbreaking work that challenges the very notion of what makes a play.
Actors’ Touring Company will also be presenting the English language premier of Illusions by Russia’s foremost contemporary playwright and screenwriter, Ivan Viripaev in the same week. Book to see Crave and get a FREE ticket to Illusions on the same night from Wednesday-Saturday.
The company for Crave and Illusions comprises Derbhle Crotty, Cazimir Liske and Rona Morrison. The productions are designed by Lizzie Clachan with lighting design by Charles Balfour and sound by Alex Caplen.
Crave runs from Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 April at 7.30pm; Saturday matinee 2.30pm (running time approx. 50 mins) at Bristol Old Vic at the Wickham Theatre, University of Bristol, Cantock's Close, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1UP £12 /£8 concs.