4.48 Psychosis

Sarah Kane

A dynamic new modern chorus brings Sarah Kane’s last play to life.

4.48 Psychosis is Sarah Kane’s brutal and poetic exploration of a mind preparing to shut itself down. Spiked with gallows humour, Sarah Kane’s fifth and final play charts the journey of mind and body; from darkness into light, from pain into love, from life into death.

5 Stars
Critics’ Choice – Time Out.

Tangram Theatre Company and Jana Manekshaw are proud to inaugurate the Arcola’s new studio space with this critically acclaimed production that sold out at the Old Red Lion this March.

Reviews for Tangram Theatre’s 4.48 Psychosis:

Director Daniel Goldman has done a fine job of creating an uncomfortable, essential experience
Time Out

Normally going to see Sarah Kane’s 4.48 psychosis on a Saturday evening would not fill one with the joys of life. But this production does.
Indie London

Suicide note? 4.48 is much more than that, and Tangram’s production gives new resonance to one of the 1990s’ most strongly poetic theatrical voices
British Theatre Guide

. … impressive and touches the soul with an almost unbearable bright, white light, shining out beams of theatrical bliss and pain.
Rogues and Vagabonds.

For more information about our company, visit www.tangramtheatre.co.uk

Sarah Kane was born in 1971. Her first play Blasted was produced at the Royal Court Theater Upstairs in 1995. Her second play, Phaedra’s Love, was produced at the Gate Theatre in 1996. In April 1998, Cleansed was produced at the Royal Cout Theatre Downstairs and in September 1998, Crave was produced by Paines Plough and Bright Ltd at the Traverse Theatre, Edinbourgh. Her last play, 4.48 Psychosis, premiered at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in June 2000. Her short film Skin, produced by British Screen/Channel Four, premiered in June 1997. Sarah Kane died in 1999.


Steven Barfield, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Westminster, will conduct post-show panel discussions. Previous guests on panels for Tangram Theatre’s production of 4.48 Psychosis have included Alex Sirz, author of “In-yer-face Theatre: British Drama Today”, and Graham Saunders, author of “Love me or Kill Me: Sarah Kane and the theatre of the Extremes”.

Thursday April 27th: Sarah Kane’s work in retrospect. A theatre critic once commented that “the Jury’s still out on Kane”. We examine this now, and discuss Sarah Kane’s legacy in the context of modern day British Theatre.

Thursday May 4th: The European influence on Kane and Tangram. We examine how Tangram Theatre’s production of 4.48 Psychosis, parallels Kane’s own influences from European traditions of theatre making with Daniel Goldman and the company.

Post show panels commence 15 minutes after the end of the evenings performance and last for one hour.

To be kept informed about who will be speaking on our current panels as they are confirmed, email tangramtheatrecompany@gmail.com