4:48 Psychosis

Lyric Hammersmith

4:48 Psychosis

24 Apr 2018 - 04 May 2018

Pro reviewers rating
7 reviews

4.1 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

This new opera by the British composer Philip Venables is an important adaptation of a radical and much-discussed 20th-century play by British playwright Sarah Kane, who took her own life in 1999 at the age of 28. Kane felt that 4.48 in the morning was a time of great clarity, when one’s mind could realize its darkest thoughts.

This new work is the first time any of Kane’s work has been adapted. It won the award for Achievement in Opera at the 2016 UK Theatre Awards.

2016's groundbreaking production is back for 2018.  (Reviews from 2016)


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“A kaleidoscope of inner-outer conflict... An outstanding Rand... Humane and understated... compelling. ”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Venables follows in the tradition of great composers who discover a way of making a fine text even more eloquent.”

The Stage (Other reviewers)

“What Kane gives us is naked emotion; what Venables does is clothe it in music... Venables’s orchestration is spare but telling. ”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“Venables has done wonderful things with it... Blurs the boundary between reality and illusion... A remarkable achievement. ”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Venables’ operatic version of Kane’s final play is both startling and immensely moving... The six singers do not disappoint. ”

The Stage (Other reviewers)

“Kane’s play brilliantly pushed towards a new brand of opera... A virile, magpie kind of score.”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Dotted instances of real fizzing energy, with Venables' score rising to the challenges of Kane's text with thrilling urgency. ”

Holly Williams (What's On Stage, Time Out, Independent)

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