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Theatre / Blasted

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Blasted is a play preformed in 1995, written by Sarah Kane.The play has three characters Ian, a bigoted middle aged journalist books a Hotel Room in Leeds, he invites Cate a meek, simple minded girl. It's clear he tries to seduce her showing his flaws. However the next day, Cate was used by Ian but she escapes as a Soldier enters in and the Leeds became a War zone where Ian is maimed by the twisted mind of the Soldier.


The Play was iconic for it's original run in London when the critics shamed it for it's brutal depiction of Rape and Cannibalism the most iconic review by Jack Tinker calling it "disgusting feast of filth". Despite that reception several playwrights defenced it and since Sarah's death the play has been better received.

The Following Play features the following Tropes:

  • Angry White Man: Ian uses racist language, insults Cate's disabled brother and regularly writes articles to newspapers that caters to others of his kind.
  • Based on a True Story: The iconic Eyeball scene was based on a scene from Among the Thugs which happened to a police officer. The shift of the play into the War Zone when the Soldier enters was based on the Bosnian War that Sarah saw on TV News while writing the play.
  • Break the Cutie: Cate starts the play with a childlike innocent that has fits, she is sickened by the idea of meat, of course to Ian there is nothing he won't do after the night's ordeal Cate nearly shoots Ian before another fit. After escaping the hotel and dealing with the War that affects the city. After returning with a dying baby, she is the only person that can help Ian who is unable to help himself, then at the end Cate's state is seen as desensitized to everything with her bleeding thighs displaying the notion she had sex with the soldiers for food, also she is eating meat.
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  • Cold-Blooded Torture: The Soldier has seen the death of his girlfriend as a reason to take the scars he still has to kill the enemy in the most inhuman ways and so Ian is forced to relive it in every sicking way.
  • Critical Dissonance: While the critics grace the play in their harshest words, it only provided Blasted with success, also Sarah was defected by some very powerful playwrights, including Edward Bond whose play Saved was the inspiration to Blasted, Harold Pinter also defected the play and Caryl Churchill called it a tender play.
  • Cue the Rain: Rain is used to signals the end of the current scene, also it's used to awaken Ian after he "dies" at the end of the play.
  • Downer Ending: Sarah doesn't fully give any of her work a happy ending, just as you think Ian dies the roof leaks and restores him to life. There's no hope for anything in the world.
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  • Downfall by Sex: Ian after failing to sweet talk or Bully Cate into sex, rapes her in the night but when Cate awoke during the act, Ian bit her Vagina, this happens between the scenes and in scene two it's still raw. No wonder the downfall happens.
  • Driven to Suicide: Twice, the Soldier does it, Ian fails to after the bullets from the gun are removed.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Ian despite being a Angry White Man, he might have also killed people or has a contract on his life has this when hearing the Soldier's stories, he says that nobody would want to read them.
  • Extreme Omnivore: While alone in the wreckage of the hotel room while Cate goes for food, blind and despite, Ian has to eat the corpse of the baby Cate buried.
  • Eye Scream: At the climax of the play, in view of the audience The Soldier eats Ian's eyes after sucking them out.
  • Humans Are Bastards: The play is simple yet blunt in this agreement. Sarah based the play on information coming out on Television about the War in Bosnian from 1992 to 1995.
  • Meat Versus Veggies: Cate is a vegetarian, she clearly can imagine the pain the pigs had to deal with to the point of making her sick, she can't even eat from a plate that has meat on it.
  • Men Don't Cry: Ian is a victim of this, he sees himself as a tough guy with his gun and his hyper masculine attitude fails to win over the simple Cate.
  • Minimalism: The play does go from Naturalism of the Hotel Room to the abstract of the War Zone but while still being in this hotel.
  • Minimalist Cast: Three Characters
  • Mohs Scaleof Violence Hardness: In the Theatre section Number 10.
  • The Nothing After Death: Ian in Scene Four argues with Cate about there being nothing on the other side especially when she gives the dead baby a Christian Funeral.
  • No Name Given: The Soldier and the Baby, but in earlier drafts of Blasted, Sarah did name the Soldier as from Eastern Europe in order to focus on the Bosnian War once again.
  • Not Screenedfor Critics: This was planned when Blasted originally opened at The Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, however it was being shown at the same time the press night for the Downstairs show, so the who's who of London Critics decided to see the Evening Performance of Blasted and the rest is history.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Ian is everything wrong with the world and we are made to hate him. After all this he is dying of some Chest Problems and during Scene 2 we kinda want him to die.
  • Rape as Drama: Ian rapes Cate it's unseen but it still effects the story. Then The Soldier does it to Ian onstagenote .
  • Sexual Karma: See above, what goes around comes around terribly.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Ian despite his vile personalty, has flaws we want to hate him but at the same time we find out his family has disowned him and that he is facing his mortally possibly alone. But his cons outmatch the pros so.
  • Vindicated by History: Even thought Blasted suffered the reception that it did in 1995, it survived in Europe and since Sarah's death has been seen as a decent play about the horrors of human nature that shapes theatre to this day.

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