By Sarah Kane
Set in an unnamed urban from which voices and photographs spring, Crave charts the disintegration of a human brain lower than the pressures of affection, loss and desire.
Produced through Paines Plough and brilliant Ltd (Guy Chapman and Paul Spyker), Crave premiered on the Traverse Theatre for the 1998 Edinburgh competition. It obtained its English best on the Royal courtroom Theatre in September 1998.
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Did the audience simply view these activities as justified (at least partially) because they were leading to the overthrow of the tyrants Clytemnestra and Aegisthus? Or should we consider the possibility that this kommos (a choral lament shared between chorus and actors) was meant to offer a display of precisely those uncontrolled lamentations by women that purportedly led in earlier Greek history to the enactment of the funerary legislation and, more speculatively, to the replacement of vendetta justice by the all male institution of trial by jury?
302) was equally unacceptable in Athens. 8, where after Arginusae Theramenes stirred up the assembly by dressing supposed relatives of the dead in mourning garments and close cut hair. 26 28 PART I quo or in a fashion that would violate contemporary Attic restrictions on such practices. , Agave at the end of Euripides’ Bacchae). Characters may perhaps significantly use the language of lamentation, however, in the process of taking important action or expressing dramatic resistance in other forms.
In the case of funerary lamentation, these tensions were not in the mid to later fifth century precisely the same as those that first produced the legislation, and they do not appear in the same form at all periods in which we have evidence from tragedy on the issue. 27 I believe we can see political (and by political I mean issues relating to the polis) and social tensions of precisely this sort emerging in the way that death ritual and lamentation are represented on the tragic stage— though it remains to consider precisely why these issues resurface sharply in tragedies that were presented during the Peloponnesian War.
Crave (Modern Plays) by Sarah Kane