WORTH A LOOK?: **1/2
WHEN?: 2/11/20, runs to 7/11/20 (audience will be online only from 5/11/20)
WHERE?: Chichester Festival Theatre (via Royal Court Theatre online)
RUNTIME: 50 minutes without interval
The 4 main characters in this 1-act play by author Sarah Kane are haunted by subjects including rape, incest, paedophilia, anorexia, drug addiction, mental instability, murder and suicide.
- Read on for reasons including how this was a brutal introduction to Kane performed engagingly by a fine cast
3 days before England is about to enter its 2nd lockdown it’s not what we’d choose as an introduction to the playwright and is so dark we’d find it difficult to recommend as we head towards what appears to be a bleak midwinter.
Kane died aged 28 in 1999 and Crave was her 4th and penultimate play featuring characters identified only by a letter of the alphabet.
The writing style is poetic with a lack of clarity about which character each of the lines is addressed to.
There’s no plot or stage direction and the cast here are on 1 travelator each which means they are socially distanced and can move back and forth in a straight line.
Erin Doherty plays Princess Anne in The Crown and is unrecognisable here not least because her accent couldn’t be further from royalty.
We were due to see Alfred Enoch in Romeo and Juliet at the Globe in April just before theatres closed in March because of COVID-19 and it was his presence in the cast which persuaded us to watch this online.
We’d admired his work 2 years earlier when we saw him opposite the excellent Alfred Molina in Red in the West End.
The cast, which also included Wendy Kweh and Jonathan Slinger, gave it their all and would be the reason to see this but it just felt a little too dark and impenetrable to be most appreciated at this difficult time.