Book Launch 'Sarah Kane's Theatre of Psychic Life: Theatre, Thought and Mental Suffering'
25 May 2023, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
Sarah Kane was one of the landmark playwrights of 1990s Britain, her influence being felt across UK and European theatre. This is the first book to focus exclusively on Kane's unique approach to mind and mental health.
This event is free.
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Institute of Advanced Studies
Hybrid: at UCL and onlineEngineering Front Executive Suite 103Engineering Front BuildingUCL, Malet Street, LondonWC1E 7JE
Join us for the launch of Leah Sidi's new book Sarah Kane's Theatre of Psychic Life: Theatre, Thought and Mental Suffering, followed by a drinks reception. Supported by the UCL Health Humanities Centre.
Leah will be joined by Dr Hannah Greenstreet (University of Liverpool) and Dr James Rákóczi (Durham University) for a discussion about Kane's relationship to feminist theatre, mental health, and the medical humanities.
This is a hybrid event; please choose the relevant ticket type when registering: https://theatre-thought.eventbrite.co.uk
Sarah Kane was one of the landmark playwrights of 1990s Britain, her influence being felt across UK and European theatre. This is the first book to focus exclusively on Kane's unique approach to mind and mental health. It offers an important re-evaluation of her oeuvre, revealing the relationship between theatre and mind which lies at the heart of her theatrical project.
Drawing on performance theory, psychoanalysis and neuroscience, this book argues that Kane's innovations generate a 'dramaturgy of psychic life', which re-shapes the encounter between stage and audience. It uses previously unseen archival material and contemporary productions to uncover the mechanics of this innovative theatre practice.
Through a radically open-ended approach to dramaturgy, Kane's works offer urgent insights into mental suffering that take us beyond traditional discourses of empathy and mental health and into a profound rethinking of theatre as a mode of thought. As such, her theatre can help us to understand debates about mental suffering today.
Link to publisher page: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/sarah-kanes-theatre-of-psychic-life-9781350283121/