About Sarah Kane

In honour of what would have been Sarah Kane's 44th birthday, we thought we would share some information about her and her life.

After growing up in Essex, UK, Sarah Kane went to study drama at Bristol University. After graduating in 1992, she moved on to receive her MA in playwriting at the University of Birmingham. At the age of 23, Kane wrote her first full-length piece, Blasted. This provocative young playwright went on to complete 4 more plays and a short film in less then 5 years. Most of her works explored human relationships and graphic dramatizations of violence and sex.

"No, I hate the idea of theatre just being an evening pastime. It should be emotionally and intellectually demanding. I love football. The level of analysis that you listen to on the terraces is astonishing. If people did that in the theatre . . . but they don't. They expect to sit back and not participate. If there's a place for musicals, opera or whatever, then there should be a place for good new writing, irrespective of box office.”
-  Sarah Kane

After suffering with severe depression for many years, Kane took her own life at the age of 28. Her last work, 4.48 Psychosis, is seen to be a form of suicide note as the main subject of the play is clinical depression. Kane is believed by many in the industry to have been a strong and serious voice, and it is unfortunate that her incredible voice was lost.


If you'd like to learn more about Kane's life, click here to listen to a short documentary.

For an article that looks at the complex issue of suicide amongst playwrights, click here.



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