BLASTED

BY SARAH KANE

A gin-swigging journalist and his young lover check into an anonymous hotel room. When a soldier and a war zone explode through the bathroom window, things become barbaric.

This was the debut script of in-your-face playwright prodigy Sarah Kane. Her prescient dissection of our response to violence was heralded as ‘depraved’ by some, ‘tender’ by others. So ignited the polarising firestorm of Kane’s blazing career.

Directed by Anne-Louise Sarks (The Testament of Mary) Blasted will give Malthouse Theatre audiences the chance to experience the power and controversy of Sarah Kane, and the play that shook the world.

"BLASTED WILL SHOCK AND HAUNT YOU, YES, BUT IT WILL ALSO JOLT YOU OUT OF COMPLICITY."
— THE AGE
"ONE OF THOSE GEMS OF THEATRE THAT WE SO OFTEN HOPE TO FIND BUT VERY SELDOM DO... AN ASTONISHING PRODUCTION OF AN EXTRAORDINARY PLAY."
— STAGE WHISPERS
"THE WORK OF A DIRECTOR WHO HAS COME INTO HER FULL POWERS"
— THE CONVERSATION
"RIVETING, REAL AND UNREAL, LIKE A NIGHTMARE ... IT’S HARD TO THINK OF A BETTER DIRECTOR FOR THIS TEXT THAN SARKS."
— WITNESS PERFORMANCE

A Malthouse Theatre production.

Images: Pia Johnson

BY /

Sarah Kane

DIRECTION /

Anne-Louise Sarks

CAST /

Fayssal Bazzi, Eloise Mignon & David Woods

SET & COSTUME DESIGN /

Marg Horwell

LIGHTING DESIGN

Paul Jackson

SOUND DESIGN & COMPOSITION /

Jethro Woodward

CINEMATOGRAPHY /

Sky Davies

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access
Auslan Interpreted

Dates & Times

PREVIEWS 7.30pm Fri 24 Aug, 7.30pm Sat 25 Aug, 6.30pm Mon 27 Aug, 6.30pm Tue 28 Aug
OPENING NIGHT 7.30pm, Wed 29 Aug
TIME TO TALK 6.30pm, Tue 11 Sep
AUSLAN INTERPRETED 3pm, Sat 15 Sep

Location

Merlyn Theatre

Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Get directions

Train

Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

Tram

The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

Event notes

DURATION / 

90 minutes (no interval)

WARNINGS / 

Contains extreme violence, sexual violence, coarse language, nudity, smoke and haze, loud and dynamic sound effects, herbal cigarettes and content some audiences may find confronting.