Inside Sarah Kane’s ‘Skin’

Skin is Sarah Kane’s only foray into film during her short lifetime and was released only a few months after her first play, Blasted, debuted in January of 1995.  The film stars Ewen Bremner, who is perhaps best known for his role as Spud in the film adaptation of Irvine Welsh‘s Trainspotting, though he has […]

Sarah Kane’s Cleansed: When Schools Become Prisons

For those who enjoy the shock value in Sarah Kane’s first two plays, Blasted and Phaedra’s Love, and hope to see more rape and incestuous undertones, then Cleansed would certainly satisfy (though it is light on the incestuous undertones).  Kane’s work, though, is should not be defined by these elements, as they are merely pieces of a […]

Phaedra’s Love: Nihilism, Religion, and the Universality of Stockholm Syndrome

Sarah Kane’s Phaedra’s Love is an updated version of the classic Greek myth of a woman name Phaedra who falls in love with Hippolytus, the son of her husband Theseus.  As is the case with her play Blasted, Kane tells a story that is outwardly shocking and features, not only rape, as Blasted did, but […]