Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Sarah Kane's Hippolytus

As I noted in one of my very earliest posts, the treatment of the Phaedra / Hippolytus legend, where a woman struggles with an uncontrollable passion for a younger man, over the millennia is fascinating. Sarah Kane's 'Phaedra's Love' is another one. From an article called 'Forever Young' by Patrick Marmion in the FT Magazine, 10 sept: 
Kane's Hippolytus is every inch the modern couch potato who binges on fast food, television and masturbation. And yet he exerts the gravitational and fatal attraction of a black hole.
The play was written by Kane at the age of 25 - 3 years before she killed herself in 1999. Some  reviews of a recent production can be found here and here; and some blogger stuff here.

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