OCT 28 — Clinical depression seems heavy subject matter for a play, but urban collective Theatresauce’s 4:48 Psychosis wants to go beyond the narrative of sorrow.
The play’s origins itself are tragic, as it was playwright Sarah Kane’s final work before she took her own life.
Theatresauce describes it as Sylvia Plath meets Tim Burton in an LSD-driven Inception universe. It is a look inside the mind of a clinical depression sufferer, from struggles with medication to dealing with well-meaning friends.
It debuted at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 2000 and has since made its way around the world, with the first Malaysian production being 10 years ago, starring Malik Taufiq, Susan Lankester and the late Samantha Shubert, directed by Gavin Yap
This time around, the players are Phraveen Arikiah, Alex Chua, Claudia Low and Andrew Wood, under the directorial eye of Kelvin Wong who also designed the production. He is assisted by one of Theatresauce’s Emergic Directors Lab directors-in-training, Toby Teh.
It is also supported by The Mind Psychological Training and Services, and Relate Malaysia, who will be setting up front-of-house booths. Have questions about clinical depression? Feel free to drop by the booths.
The play is running from November 2-12 at Indicine, The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre.
First week: Thursday – Saturday: 8.30pm, Sunday: 3pm
Second week: Wednesday – Saturday: 8.30pm, Sunday: 3pm
Tickets are RM55, with concessions going for RM45. The show is also having a buy three, free one ticket promotion and bulk bookings, special programming and further discounts can be arranged by contacting [email protected]