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Darkly humorous
12 Apr 2011

STUDENTS from the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg drama department will be staging Phaedra’s Love at the Hexagon Studio Theatre at 7.30 pm from April 18 to April 20.

Written by Sarah Kane, one of the most shocking playwrights to emerge out of 90s Britain, the play is a modern retelling of the Seneca tragedy, with a devilish twist.

Set in a royal palace, in an unknown time and place, the play tells the story of Phaedra, who falls in love with her obnoxious and amoral stepson, Hippolytus. When the truth about this forbidden desire is revealed, the family is ripped apart, with shocking consequences. Brutal and darkly humorous, the play explores themes of desperate love and obsession.

Phaedra’s Love falls into the genre of in-yer-face theatre made popular in Britain after the demise of Margaret Thatcher’s government. Kane, a frontrunner of this movement, presents work laden with shock and obscenities reminiscent of Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty.

Directed by Louise Buchler, and performed by second and third-year students, Phaedra’s Love is suitable for adults only. Tickets are R40 (R25 for students). Inquiries: 033 260 5537. — Arts Editor.

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