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[Perspectives] Crimes against humanity

Cleansed, written by Sarah Kane, was first performed in 1998. This new production is directed by the prolific Katie Mitchell. The outstanding biographical information about Sarah Kane is that she died by suicide in 1999 aged 27 years, leaving us with an alternating sense of tragedy and wondering what might have been. Her first play, Blasted, appeared in 1995 and eventually got her crowned leader of a new brutalism movement in UK theatre. Cleansed’s reputation goes before it, in the endless reports of audience walkouts.