Sarah Kane’s final play, 4.48 Psychosis, was the first production Belarus Free Theatre ever mounted underground in Minsk in 2005. The company’s commitment to exploding taboos was cemented by the immediate condemnation of Lukashenko’s regime, who denied that themes touched upon in the play – suicide, sexual and political violence, mental instability – could ever exist within Belarus. Conviction in the artist’s duty to tell human truths and illuminate both obvious and hidden taboos within society has been a through-line in every BFT production over the past decade.

 

Reviews

 

‘A wild, two-woman carnival. Delivered with a furious intensity rarely seen on these shores.’ – ★★★★ Dominic Cavendish, Daily Telegraph

 

 

Credits:

4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane

Director: Vladimir Shcherban

Cast:

Maryia Sazonava

Yana Rusakevich

 

Running time: 1 hour 10 minutes

 

Performed in Russian with English surtitles

 

4.48 Psychosis was first performed on 28 May 2005, underground in Belarus.

UK premiere in London, November 2015 as part of Staging a Revolution.