Crave & Illusions

Wed 25th – Sun 29th Apr 2012


“The Olivier Award-winning Actors’ Touring Company return to Bristol following their recent successful productions of The Golden Dragon...”





Actors Touring Company



This spring sees a rare revival of Sarah Kane’s modern classic Crave and the English language premier of Illusions by Russia’s foremost contemporary playwright and screenwriter, Ivan Viripaev. Demonstrating his commitment to producing actor led ensemble theatre, artistic director Ramin Gray presents the two plays in rep with the same cast of actors.

When Crave was first performed in 1998, Sarah Kane used the pseudonym of Marie Kelvedon. By that time her work had developed a reputation for on-stage violence but Crave was seen as a departure from this. The poetic quality of the work eschews narrative and setting and presents disconnected meditations on love and yearning. Crave is about what life does to people. Four performers embody the competing voices of a mind in torment and ecstasy, embittered, dismayed and often bewildered by an existence over which they have no control.


Love & death, loyalty & betrayal, truth & fiction, hope & despair, Illusions is a beguiling comedy that takes the audience through a hall of mirrors. The work playfully unravels the paradoxes of the lives and loves of two couples as they look back at their times together. It tells a tale of roads taken and those passed by, of understandings and misunderstandings and of the dangers of voicing certain thoughts and leaving others unsaid.

Russia's foremost contemporary playwright and screenwriter, the award-winning Ivan Viripaev's beguiling new comedy makes its (and his) UK debut with Illusions, performed in rep with Sarah Kane's Crave.

Admission: £12(£8)

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