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Playing For TimeStories of Lost Children, Ghosts and the Endangered Present in Contemporary Theatre$
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Geraldine Cousin

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719061974

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719061974.001.0001

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Blood sacrifice

Blood sacrifice

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(p.120) 7 Blood sacrifice
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Playing For Time
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Geraldine Cousin

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719061974.003.0007

This chapter considers a key play from the 1990s that encapsulated contemporary violence in images of shocking immediacy. Sarah Kane's Blasted, which involves, among other horrors, the eating of a dead baby, was first performed in 1995 at the Royal Court, and revived at the same theatre in 2001. This chapter examines reviews of the two productions, which are markedly different in tone.

Keywords:   contemporary violence, Sarah Kane, Blasted, dead baby, cannibalism

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