Philip Venables, 4.48 Psychosis
Tom Service presents Philip Venables's opera, 4.48 Psychosis, based on Sarah Kane's harrowing last play, in a Royal Opera House production recorded at the Lyric Hammersmith.
Tom Service presents Philip Venables' opera 4.48 Psychosis (based on a play by Sarah Kane), a Royal Opera House production recorded at the Lyric Hammersmith in April.
Gweneth Ann Rand, Lucy Hall, Susanna Hurrell (sopranos)
Lucy Schaufer, Samantha Price, Rachael Lloyd (mezzo-sopranos)
Chroma Ensemble with Sarah Hatch and Louise Goodwin (percussion)
Music Director: Richard Baker
4:48 Psychosis was the final work of the radical British playwright Sarah Kane, first performed posthumously in 2000. Detailing the experience of clinical depression, the play harrowingly reveals, through poetry, anger and dark humour, an individual's struggle to come to terms with their own psychosis, the numbers in the title referring to the time in the early morning when clarity and bleak despair strike together.
In Philip Venables' new operatic adaptation of Kane's play, directed by Ted Huffman, the search for love and happiness and the struggle for identity are explored through a fusion of opera with spoken text.