Blasted

Play

Writers: Sarah Kane

Overview

Show Information

Book
Category
Play
Number of Acts
1
First Produced
1995
Genres
Drama, Tragedy
Settings
Contemporary, Spectacle, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
hotel room, Leeds, England, 1990s
Cast Size
small
Licensor
Ideal for
College/University, Mature Audiences, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Small Cast, Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, young adult characters

Synopsis

In the mid-1990s, in an expensive hotel room in Leeds, a middle-aged man seduces a young woman. When she resists, he rapes her. At the same time this man--journalist Ian--attacks naive, simple-minded Cate, a war rages outside the hotel. After a soldier breaks into the room, a mortar shell blasts away the wall of the hotel, crushing the violence of the hotel room into the violence of the world outside. Originally called a “disgusting feast of filth,” Blasted has since been recognized as a visceral and poetic investigation of the horrors of conflict and bloodshed, largely inspired by the Yugoslav wars. Beyond its violent action, Sarah Kane’s first play is lauded as a portrayal of how humanity attempts to survive in the face of unimaginable death and destruction.

Lead Characters