4:48 PSYCHOSIS by Sarah Kane

Theater | Show - Event posted by limonaia19

Address: via Gramsci 426 , Sesto Fiorentino

Date: Sunday 17 October 2021


Theater of the Limonaia

15, 16, 17 October at 20.30

Intercity / Back To London


by Sarah Kane

designed and directed by Dimitri Milopulos

with Valentina Banci, Teresa Fallai , Sonia Remorini

original music by Marco Baraldi


please open the curtains


Psychosis is a misunderstood text. It is not a female monologue but a monologizing work, “a symphony for a single instrument”: there are many voices that compose it and there are thousands of possibilities that it implies.

Psychosis is known as "notes for a suicide" and it is true that it tells of this, but it is also a tribute to life, and to living in a sane mind. A way of dealing with the theater that only Sarah was able to master perfectly. In an interview during the Intercity London II Festival in 1997 and speaking of Blasted, he said: “For me the function of the theater is to let us experience something through art so that we don't have to actually experience it in real life. If we experience in the theater what it means to commit an act of extreme violence, maybe we can feel such a repulsion as to prevent us from then going to commit an act of extreme violence out in the streets. I believe that people can change, and I believe that it is possible for us as a species to change our future, which is why I write what I write. Same with Psychosis . To show the tragedy of life as we live it today through our madness and this great desire (Crave) to connect body and soul - the only possibility of salvation. It is our difficulty in doing so that drives us to suicide. And maybe if we manage to feel repulsed by this choice by seeing Sarah's work, if we come to understand her, maybe we will be able to see our life and our existence with different eyes. “Trying to leave a more lasting mark than mine”. A text on hope, therefore.

Psychosis is a whirlwind. Each word, each sentence, each paragraph is a concentration of meanings and references. A succession of orgasms of languages and senses. Everything is extremely and meticulously connected. Nothing is left to chance. It took Sarah a year to write it. And then it's gone. To quote his illustrious Greek colleague Dimitri Dimitriadis "when the body could no longer bear the weight of the other body, the one with a thousand heads, insatiable, singular, anarchic, immortal struggling in every body that has extravagant and cruel impulses" .

Psychosis is the result of a study of the human soul, of a research that led Sarah beyond Crave (work very connected to the latter). The search for an unprecedented theatrical poetic language, which once again confirms the great talent of its creator.


Sarah Kane (1971 - 1999), debuted in 1994 with the Sick monologue trilogy; in 1995 his Blasted at the Royal Court in London was met with extreme and conflicting reactions. He later wrote Phaedra's love , Cleansed , Crave , 4:48 Psychosis and the screenplay for Skin , a short film directed by Vincent O'Connell. He has signed two directories at the Gate Theater: Phaedra's love and Georg Büchner 's Woyzeck. Following his tragic death in 1999, 4:48 Psychosis was performed posthumously at the Royal Court Theater in June 2000 (directed by James Macdonald). In Italy it was introduced for the first time at the Intercity Festival in 1997 with Blasted , directed by Barbara Nativi.


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