Blasted was Kane’s debut play. Set in an upmarket hotel room in Leeds (England), the play is about the violence that befalls a dying journalist and his rampant rape of Cate, a mentally troubled young woman suffering from fits. Its exploration of domestic violence is broadened into a bloody spectacle when the room is moulded into a warzone.
Main themes: war, sexual violence, race, gender, society
Ironically, critics blasted this play at its first outing at the Royal Court in 1995. The criticism towards it makes reviews for films like Batman V Superman, Ghostbusters (2016) and The Emoji Movie look pleasant.
Respected newspapers, television shows and anyone else with an opinion took pleasure in tearing it to shreds:
“This disgusting feast of filth” – Daily Mail
“A sordid little travesty of a play” – The Spectator.
“A gratuitous welter of carnage” – The Telegraph
Imagine if the same criticism occurred today but with social media. Social media changed the game for reviews, especially Twitter. With something like this, Twitter would have a field day!
In essence, the response to this play was like throwing a fifty-inch television from a hotel window that’s twenty stories from the ground.
Director: Ben Wheatley (Free Fire)
Screenwriter: Ben Wheatley & Amy Jump (Sightseers)
Producer: Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz)
Cinematographer: Laurie Rose (Kill List)