The majority of academic focus on Sarah Kane has been on Kane the playwright; the purpose of this paper is to offer insight into Kane's artistry by examining Kane the director. In this paper I expand Aleks Sierz's concept of experiential theatre by using Sarah Kane's 1997 production of Woyzeck as a prototype. Essentially, experiential theatre is about blurring boundaries such as those between observer and participant, or between actor and character, or between the personal and the professional. In the rehearsal process and production of Woyzeck Kane blurred many boundaries; I will examine three in this paper: the actor/audience boundary, the actor/actor boundary and the actor/director boundary.


Theatre and Performance Studies