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4.48 Psychosis

Directed by Claude Régy (Paris)
by Sarah Kane

Directed by · Claude Régy
French Text · Evelyne Pieiller
Set Design · Daniel Jeanneteau
Lighting Design · Dominique Bruguière
Sound Sesign · Philippe Cachia
Video · Erwan Huon

Cast · Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Watkins

Length 1h 50 · no interval
In French with German supertitles

Produced by Les Ateliers Contemporains and CICT-Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
International Tour produced by polimniA
With the support of AFAA (French Association for Artistic Development)
With the help of the French Ministry for the Arts
Partnership with Air France
With the special support of Cartier

Talk with the audience on 24 November after the performance

“At 4:48 when desperation visits I shall hang myself” – these words are from the fifth and final play by Sarah Kane, which also defined her legacy. In it, the British playwright achieved the greatest distance from conventional drama with plot, characters and stage directions. It is a kind of interior monologue in rhythmic poetic prose – only language and pictures, and even the pictures are just language, as Sarah Kane said.

Isabelle Huppert is the outstanding actress in Claude Régy’s production. She stands nearly motionless at the edge of the stage, alone, highly concentrated and alert. The tiniest gestures suffice to illustrate the lines she delivers with great accuracy. The French director leaves the stage entirely to his star, with a male partner (Gérard Watkins) appearing only for a few passages of dialogue. Kane’s magnificent text becomes a many-voiced monologue that goes beyond superficial emotions to express mourning and the knowledge of failure with immense intensity.