Phaedra's Love

Phaedra s Love First single volume edition of this bold version of a classic by Sarah KaneSarah Kane s radical reworking of Seneca s classical tragedy of incest and unrequited lust Phaedra s Love is a bold and provo

First single volume edition of this bold version of a classic by Sarah KaneSarah Kane s radical reworking of Seneca s classical tragedy of incest and unrequited lust Phaedra s Love is a bold and provocative revisioning of the story of Phaedra s obsessive and destructive love of her son Hippolytus and his violent punishment by Theseus.

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  1. Sarah Kane was an English playwright Her plays deal with themes of redemptive love, sexual desire, pain, torture both physical and psychological and death They are characterised by a poetic intensity, pared down language, exploration of theatrical form, and, in her earlier work, the use of stylized violent stage action Kane s life was brought to a premature end when she committed suicide at London s King s College Hospital Her published work consists of five plays and one short film, Skin.

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  1. Sex, murder, death, lies, truth, rape, suicide, church, prison, love, hate, family, royalty All that in forty pages and I feel slightly overwhelmed.

  2. I guess it s sort of like Simenon s Dirty Snow with a mythological component Not sure it sends the best message, though.

  3. This is such an interesting, angsty version of the Phaedra story.I kind of want to read any academics paper on this play Kane says some profound things during the confession scene between Hippolytus and the Priest I feel like Kane clearly stated my religious beliefs regarding sin and such It was such a quick read too.

  4. I read this play after reading an excerpt in my English Literature class, and I have to say that I was completely disappointed Although I haven t read Seneca s Phaedra, the play on which this was based on, I knew the basic story line, and this adaption is not true it at all Not only does it change key aspects, it also adds unnecessary vulgarities An example of this is when Hippolytus is in prison, and a priest comes to visit him before his execution They go from discussing religion and Hippolytu [...]

  5. I can t say what exactly made me like this play so much, but I really enjoyed it Perhaps it was the lack of censorship, perhaps the honesty, perhaps the charactersWhen I finished reading it, I felt like I was suddenly missing something It was almost a hollowness in my chest I felt sad for the people in the play over, I felt sad for the world Because things like this do happen People die People misinterpret words and feelings People lie People love, or don t love.Yet again, Kane has impressed me. [...]

  6. Disgusting, but of course that s the point Fascinating update on Seneca s play with Kane focusing on these doomed characters, and how they ruin and spoil everything they touch TW rape violence

  7. Absolutely ineffable People oversimplify this far too much This is not about shock value or exaggeration this is pure, raw normalcy And it feels awful because you all know it s true.

  8. Relativt l ttl st denna ocks , men gick s himla snabbt i v ndningarna i slutet Vissa saker k ndes lite l jliga, m jligtvis att slutet drev med de antika verken lite Hela pj sen var kanske ett s tt att driva med de gamla verken p n got s tt.

  9. Have you ever thought, thought your heartwould break No Wished you could cut open your chest tear it outto stop the pain That would kill you This is killing me No Just feels like it A spear in my side, burning.

  10. Strangely modern and ancient, about despair in and at any age I may have missed references which might have provided insight or hope and meant a better rating.

  11. I think this is the best play written by Sarah kane things about the depressed Hippolytus attracted me his nihilistic bias I guess, his repulsive attitude, his insurrection, yet his aching sincerity and of course the love of phaedra for him everything which could only be considered as nasty and disgusting within the lines of this play, for me, was thrilling So with the tragic end the inevitable.

  12. This is definitely one of the distinct Hippolytus Phaedra adaptations I ve read, filtered through Kane s In Yer Face aesthetic This adaptation completely re imagines Hippolytus, making him a fat, disgusting, asshole, who has sex continually even though he gets no pleasure from it While Phaedra is much the same as in previous versions in love with Hippolytus even though she recognizes that it is wrong she does give him oral sex in this version Ultimately, though, this is a very different aesthet [...]

  13. Gratuitous, shocking and unsettling the trademark signatures of Kane s work A very interesting reinterpretation of the Phaedra story, one filled with unsympathetic characters living in a world bereft and contemptuous of love, but equally desperate for it There are very intriguing questions raised about violence, desensitisation and monarchy within the pages of this play, and though it may be a mind boggling endeavour to stage such a play as Sarah Kane s work often is , it would no doubt be as po [...]

  14. There s nothing gay about Hippolytus Quite amusing, very 90s, very short although plays always feel v short to read contemporary reworking of the tale of Phaedra s doomed love for her step son Hippolytus

  15. This is the one where the whole Sarah Kane thing just lost me A truly goofy ending, rapes handed out with the gravity of free samples at supermarkets Funny in bits, profound nowhere And as a social vision, absolutely locked in the mindset of, like, a Sun reader in 1993.

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