Phaedra’s Love | 2008 | by Sarah Kane
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Phaedra’s Love, 2008

“Go away fuck off don’t touch me don’t talk to me stay with me.”

Loose Canon present a a satirical portrait of a corroded royal family in Phaedra’s Love by Sarah Kane. Based on the classical story of Phaedra by Seneca, Kane’s fresh and darkly comic adaptation tells a story of passionate desire and its turbulent consequences.

Written by Sarah Kane in 1996, three years before her untimely death, this radical retelling of Seneca’s tragedy transposes the off-stage violence of classical theatre to the centre stage. Hippolytus, the bored and cynical heir-to-the-throne, has rejected the world he lives in as hypocritical and morally vacuous. He tries to fill life’s void with sex, TV, masturbation and hamburgers – but nothing can satisfy him. Meanwhile Phaedra, his stepmother, burns with desire for him. Her love rejected, she ignites a chain of events that spark a cataclysm of love’s extremes of hope and destruction, giving Hippolytus what he longs for.


Conor Cillian Madden
Deirdre Roycroft
Nyree Yergainharsian
Phil Kingston
Jason Byrne
Set and Costume Designer:
Ciaran O’Melia
Lighting Designer:
Sarah Jane Shiels
Sound Designer:
Carl Kennedy
Ella Clarke
Roise Goan
Staged at:
Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin; 3rd to 19th July 2008.

Shot by Andrew McAvinchey, Frances Roe

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