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Sarah Kane. Cleansed

1st October 4 pm
Arts Printing House, Black Hall


Director, set designer: Oskaras Koršunovas

Grace – Greta Petrovskytė
Graham – Kestutis Cicėnas
Tinker – Darius Meškauskas, Gediminas Rimeika
Robin – Martynas Ališauskas
Carl – Laurynas Jurgelis
Rod – Karolis Vilkas
Women – Paulina Taujanskaitė, Gailė Butvilaitė
Voices – Oskar Vygonovski, Lukas Malinauskas
Chorus – Ugnė Šiaučiūnaitė, Kamilė Petruškevičiūtė, Taura Kvietinskaitė, Augustė Pociūtė, Jonas Braškys, Inga Šepetkaitė

Producer: OKT/Vilnius City Theatre

Duration: 1 hr 30 mins
Premiere: January 2016

“Being in love is like being in Auschwitz” – this assertion of Roland Barthes inspired the famously scandalous British playwright Sarah Kane to write perhaps the most open of her dramas, “Cleansed”. After the first premiere almost the entire British media was asking her why she wrote such a violent play. The playwright was distant: “I don’t write violent plays; I’m just trying to be completely honest”. 
After the premiere in 1995, S. Kane became a star overnight. Critical reviews flooded the press. Even the tabloid newspapers that could not care less about theatre made space in their first pages for a verdict on the play.
Sarah was extremely puzzled by this media storm. In her opinion, instead of discussing the problem itself in their newspapers, the journalists were attacking its reflection in art: “The thing that shocks me the most is that they seem to have been more upset by the presentation of violence than by violence itself. I mean, a 15-year-old girl has just been raped in a wood but there’s more space in the tabloids about my play than about this brutal act. Everything they said was a lie. They didn’t say anything that was true, except that I’d written a play”, S. Kane noted.