Sarah Kane’s final play, 4.48 Psychosis, was the first production Belarus Free Theatre ever mounted underground in Minsk in 2005.

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The company’s commitment to exploding taboos was cemented by the immediate condemnation of Lukashenko’s regime, who denied that themes touched upon in the play – suicide, sexual and political violence, mental instability – could ever exist within Belarus. Conviction in the artist’s duty to tell human truths and illuminate both obvious and hidden taboos within society has been a through-line in every BFT production over the past decade.

Upcoming UK premiere in London, November 2015 as part of Staging a Revolution: LET'S ACT.


‘A wild, two-woman carnival. Delivered with a furious intensity rarely seen on these shores.’ – ★★★★ Dominic Cavendish, Daily Telegraph


4.48 Psychosis By Sarah Kane

Director: Vladimir Shcherban

Maryia Sazonava
Yana Rusakevich

Live translation by Sasha Padziarei

Running time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Performed in Russian with English surtitles and live translation/

4.48 Psychosis was first performed on 28 May 2005, underground in Belarus.

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