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Volume 1 Issue 5

October 2014

Critique of Media and Contemporary Society in Sarah Kane’s Blasted
Dr. Sohel Aziz, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of Applied Science and Humanities, 
Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology, 
Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Abstract
Sarah Kane’s Blasted is one of the most controversial plays in 1990s and has influenced lots of playwrights as well as theatre critics. The play draws a wide range of severe criticism from the critics, actors and directors but at the same time the play has become remarkable for the presentation of violent, brutal and gruesome acts on stage. This research paper tries to analyse the play as a critique of contemporary media, society and of the attitudes of contemporary people. The play draws a parallel discussion of Ian, one of the main characters, who is represented in the play as a common man in the British Society and then focuses on the soldier who is the victim of war crime. The play also shows how the British media propagates the concepts and notions that manipulate the ideology of the mass and how they are responsible for creating racial hatred as well as set the ‘Us-Them’ binary opposition in the society. The play further analyses Kane’s purpose of representing so much violence and sexuality in the plays.
Keywords
The British Media; ‘Cool Britannia’; Function of Society; Experiential Theatre; In-Yer-Face Theatre; Theatre of Extremists; Sarah Kane; Blasted.
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