4.48 Psychosis ***


A Sweetcar Presentation at Tramway, Glasgow
Thursday 6th – Saturday 16th November 2008

We have all wondered what is in the darkness, what creature is lurking, waiting for us – however the vast majority of the time it is just our imagination, just the voices in our head creating something for us to be scared of. In Adrian Osmond’s new production of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 psychosis we are left in the darkness with nothing but the voices. It is a play that will always be associated with the playwright’s suicide, but in this production, solo performer Keith Macpherson and director Adrian Osmond succeeds in changing this association, illustrating that it is not a play about one woman’s mental illness but about us all.

We are seated individual without the safety net of the person breathing beside us, in the complete darkness we are left to ponder what this production will bring. As the lights on the house-frame set slowly rise up, we are exposed to a moving and disturbing performance from Macpherson – who manages to captures both a strange tranquility of a slow descent into madness and an extremely physical representation of mental illness.

When a naked Macpherson leaves the space, the house lights are put on and the entire audience sits in silence, afraid to breath or move. Just left looking at each other, we eventually began to leave in silence – unsure if we should applaud, but left thinking about our own attitudes to mental illness in our society today.



One Response to “4.48 Psychosis ***”

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