‘Look away from me!’
This line from 4.48 Psychosis, repeated throughout the play, sums up the feeling many of us with mental illness experience when those around us wonder why we are the way we are.
Director, Michele McNamara with performers, Andy Aisbett, Catherine Holder, Pearce Hessling, Stephanie Pick and Laila Thaker invite audiences to take the time to look. They have created a postdramatic interpretation of 4.48 Psychosis introducing audiences to a world where we can see what we feel and where we can find connections with the difficult and misunderstood world of mental illness.
‘Sarah Kane’s reputation as the leading playwright of her generation has grown in the years since her untimely death in 1999. Her final play, 4.48 Psychosis, is an unorthodox work, which unsettles simplistic approaches to treating mental illness. There is no plot, and Kane doesn’t specify a setting, or delineate distinct characters, yet 4.4 Psychosis is an exhilarating theatrical experience. Illumi-Nation Theatre mobilise an eclectic ensemble of dramatic devices to create a highly atmospheric, realisation of Kane’s play. The actors’ physical and emotional commitment to Kane’s poetic work generates a compelling set of questions about pharmaceutical solutions to the treatment of social alienation and existential despair.’
Review of workshop production by Dr. Glenn D’Cruz, 10 April, 2017
Collaborator, mbryo (Matt Brown) has composed and will perform on stage an original soundscape that echoes the character’s vulnerabilities and underpins the poetic text, full of energy and wit. With an evocative lighting design by Jason Bovaird (Moving Light Productions) the work reveals an inner world of raw emotion shaping Kane’s ‘bewildered fragments’ into a night of startlingly beautiful theatre.