Summary Of The Play 'Cry' By Richard Kane

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Kane started writing her first play while still a student in Birmingham. When it was first performed, in 1995 at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, its unrelenting on-stage violence caused something of an uproar. Jack Tinker, writing in the Daily Mail, called it a ‘disgusting feast of filth’ – a view shared, perhaps in softer terms, by many critics.

The play begins in a hotel room with a young woman named Cate, and Ian, a homophobic, sexist, racist journalist, who begins by trying to seduce her. Its natural beginnings give way to something darker, as the hotel room becomes a Bosnian war scene, and acts of abuse, rape, cannibalism take place.

Blasted forces the viewer to confront the idea that wartime atrocities can take place in times of peace.
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