A student edition of Sarah Kane's seminal play with its uncompromising depiction of rape, torture and violence in a society at war with itself. The Introduction includes a scene-by-scene summary, a detailed commentary on the dramatic, social and political context, and on the themes, characters and language.
Sarah Kane was born in 1971. Her work includes the plays Blasted, Phaedra's Love, Cleansed, 4.48 Psychosis and the short film Skin. Sarah Kane died in 1999, aged 28, and is now recognised as one of the most influential voices in modern European theatre. Ken Urban is a playwright and director, and currently teaches theatre and playwrighting at Harvard University.