“Savagely beautiful” – TIMEOUT, Cleansed
Somewhere, someplace. Six abandoned souls try to save themselves through love. But an
ominous observer puts their declarations to the ultimate test.
Director, Dino Dimitriadis (Angels in America, Metamorphoses, Doubt) and their team, will set the Old Fitz alight with Sarah Kane‘s iconic masterpiece. Uncompromising and visionary, a rarely staged and savage portrait of the human heart.
Sarah Kane is widely recognised as one of the most radical and influential writers of the last thirty years. She wrote five plays (Blasted, Phaedra’s Love, Cleansed, Crave and 4.48 Psychosis) before taking her own life at the age of 28. Kane’s plays caused controversy at their premieres; but a recognition of what makes her writing so remarkable – her reimagining of structure; her use of rhythm; the employment of austere, economic means to encompass intense passion; and her powerful expression of different mental states – has only grown since her death.
From director Dino Dimitriadis, “I don’t know anyone who isn’t navigating what to feel, and what to think of the world, at this present moment. Kane’s Cleansed – rarely staged and explosively daring – is a work that burrows deep into the mind, gut and heart. And unlike most theatre that you see. There are too many content notes to mention here (though we’ve made these available to audiences) and it’s described by some as “impossibly demanding” on its performers. But the Old Fitz theatre is a sacred space and over the years I’ve had the privilege of bringing some of the biggest worlds to this intimate wonderland. Despite its extremities, this work is a love letter to the human heart, and to the immediacy of live performance.”
Previews: 9 – 10 June 2022
Season: 11 June – 25 June 2022 Tuesday – Saturday 7.30PM
Tickets and More Info: https://www.redlineproductions.com.au/cleansed
Presented by Maximillian Brown & Red Line Productions
Writer – Sarah Kane
Director – Dino Dimitriadis (they/them)
Producer – Daniel Cottier (they/he)
Intimacy Specialist – Bayley Turner (she/her)
Movement – Fetu Taku (she/they)
Set Designer – Jeremy Allen (he/him)
Co-Lighting Designers – Benjamin Brockman (he/they) & Morgan Moroney (he/him)
Sound Designer – Benjamin Pierpoint (he/him)
Costume Designer – Connor Milton (they/them)
Assistant Director – M.J Latham (she/her)
Photography – Robert Catto (he/him)
Performers – Danny Ball (he/him), Stephen Madsen (he/him), Tommy Misa (they/them)
Jack Richardson (he/him), Charles Purcell (he/him), Mây Trần (they/them)
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