'Love me or kill me'

Sarah Kane and the theatre of extremes

By Graham Saunders

'Love me or kill me'

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5956-8
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: April 2002
  • BIC Category: Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, The arts / Theatre studies, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism, Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Theatre studies, Literature
  • Series: Theatre: Theory - Practice - Performance


Blasted brought Sarah Kane to the theatre pages of the broadsheets, the front pages of the tabloids, and to the notice of the nation. Covers all Kane's major plays and productions, contains hitherto unpublished material and reviews, and looks at her continuing influence after her tragic early death. A chapter-by-chapter analysis looks at each play in detail and the appendices carry transcripts of interviews with colleagues and leading theatre practitioners involved with her productions. This book is the first study of the most significant British dramatist in post-war theatre and includes unpublished interview material with Sarah Kane herself.


1. 'This disgusting feast of filth': Blasted
2. 'If there could have been more moments like these': Phaedra's Love
3. 'This sensible hell': Cleansed
4. 'Only love can save me and love has destroyed me': Crave
5. 'Remember the light and believe in the light': 4.48 Psychosis
6. Converstation with James Macdonald
7. Conversation with Vicky Featherstone
8. Converstation with Nils Tabert
9. Conversation with Mel Kenyon
10. Conversation with Phyllis Nagy
11. Conversation with Kate Ashfield
12. Conversation with Daniel Evans
13. Conversation with Stuart McQuarrie
14. Edward Bond: Sarah Kane and theatre
Select Bibliography


Graham Saunders is a lecturer in Theatre Studies at the University of the West of England

Newsletter Sign Up

Manchester University Press

Your cart is empty.

Select your shipping destination to estimate postage costs

(Based on standard shipping costs)

Final cost calculated on checkout
Promotional codes can be added on Checkout