Close Encounters

Sarah Kane: Her Plays are Violent and Disgusting (and Got Me Through the Pandemic)

North Yorkshire, UK; Methuen Drama, 2008, 288 pp., $25.95, paperback

A short synopsis of English playwright Sarah Kane’s 1995 play Blasted:

Tabloid journalist Ian and his much-younger girlfriend, Cate, check into a hotel room. Ian makes several racist and homophobic comments and berates Cate’s intelligence. They discuss what seems to be a war going on around them. He coerces her into uncomfortable, violent sexual acts. She escapes through the bathroom window. A soldier bursts into the room and holds Ian at gunpoint, forcing him to listen to tales of war atrocities. The soldier rapes . . .


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