Sarah Kane's 4:48 Psychosis is a play about a woman whose mind is winding down as she prepares to commit suicide. After completing it, Kane did indeed kill herself, so at times this feels uncomfortably like a staged suicide note, especially as director Christian Benedetti has interpreted it as a monologue (apparently it's actually written for multiple actors.) Needless to say this was never going to be a fun evening, although Kane's rather poetic text does have flashes of what she calls gallows humour. The very pretty, delicate-looking Romanian actress Anamaria Marinca delivers the text in quite a brutal fashion, and although I would have liked a bit more variety of tone it's certainly effective. It's an arresting performance, most of all when Marinca holds a few uncomfortably long silences, her eyes darting around the audience at the slightest sound. Oddly it's not often that moving, but in its fractured, twisted poetry it's certainly impressive.
4:48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane is booking until the 8th of August at the Young Vic's Maria Studio.