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Sarah Kane, Sheffield Theatres: has her time come?

Sarah Kane's plays have been overshadowed by their violence and her suicide. But as well as showing the worst of humanity, they are funny and full of love

Theatre of cruelty: Sarah Benson's 2008 New York production of Sarah Kane's Blasted. © Sohorep

A “disgusting feast of filth… which appears to know no bounds of decency.” This was a typical charge hurled at Sarah Kane’s first play, Blasted, when it opened at the Royal Court 20 years ago. Blasted, and its author, achieved infamy overnight. Critics took grim pleasure in listing the play’s horrors, which include rape, eyeball-gouging, excrement eating and cannibalism. There…

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