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The Legacy of Sarah Kane Considered by Raymond Burke

A hospital. Doctor Prove it. 7EVEL

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There’s something wrong with the light bulb.

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Doctor Look into the mirror.

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Marie

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Marie

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Doctor Through the image.

Sarah climbs up on top of a giant golden pill bottle. She stretches to reach a noose but cannot. She falls off. Sarah

That’s not me.

It’s not right.

Marie and Doctor step into the mirror as it expands and becomes an hotel room near Leeds. Ian enters and throws the complete works of Sarah Kane on the bed. Cate follows him and sits looking into a foil food container.

Fuck. The lid of the bottle unscrews and a Doctor crawls out.

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I’m not scared of the dark. Just the things that might be in the dark.

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Doctor Sarah.

Ian

Muck.

Sarah

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Doctor That’s what it says on your prescription.

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Sarah

Cate

We need each other.

My name is not Sarah.

My name is not Sarah.

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Ian

I hate you.

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Ian

No.

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Ian

No.

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Ian

I wish it would rain. I’m going for a walk.

Hippolytus grabs Ian and starts to kiss him TEWWMSREXIP]8LIMVPMTWVIQEMR½\IHMREPSRK embrace as XLI]WLYJ¾IMRXSXLIFEXLVSSQ Cate eats the sausage and smiles. Cate XLVS[WYTSRXLI¾SSV Cate sleeps with her head resting in her own vomit. Stinker appears at the window, typing his report. Stinker

Ian leaves through the main door. Cate removes a large German sausage from the container. She puts it on the chair. She sits on the edge of the bed and laughs at it. Ian returns through the bathroom door, dripping with water. Ian

Bitch. Cate slaps Ian. Ian slaps Cate. Cate slaps Ian. Ian slaps Cate. Cate slaps Ian. Ian kisses Cate.

‘If this is a typical example of what we are promised from the new ‘In Yer Faeces’ movement’. Ha ha ha. ‘I would suggest the establishment withdraws funding immediately. Not a single penny of public money. Not a single subsidised seat. Not a single inch of column space should be given SZIVXSXLMWJIEWXSJ½PXL¯XLMWFSYUYIXSJ bollocks -–this menu of menstruation. No one should be subjected to this rubbish and anyone who publicises it in any way should question their own sanity. Run continues until next Tuesday. Each night seven thirty and Saturday matinee. Tickets £12 and £11.95 concession. Marie pulls the covers away and sits up in bed.

Marie

Get out. All of you. Nurse takes Cate away. Doctor sits on the edge of the bed.

Cate

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Ian

It’s the price.

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Ian kicks her between the legs. As Cate folds over he knees her in the face, breaking her nose. Hippolytus enters dressed as a Nazi.

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Ian

Oh, piss off.

Doctor Each patient is ...

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Ian

It was her.

Doctor Similar. I have ‘In’ patients and I have ‘Out’

Marie

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Pisser.

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patients and on occasion I have ‘In-out-inout’ patients. Marie

I want my clothes.

Doctor You can’t have your clothes. You have visitors. Hippolytus, Theseus and Theramenes enter.

the noose around your neck. And you’d get blood on the pills. Not very hygienic. Marie

Leave me.

Doctor If we left you alone would you harm ]SYVWIPJ# Marie

I wouldn’t harm you.

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THERAMENES Alas. Her evil that has haunted you Is left or so diminished as is none In consequence what cause have you to fear

Marie

It’s your job.

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Marie

I don’t want to be remembered.

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Doctor Most people who really want to die are dead.

THESEUS +S½RHWSQIJVMIRHW[LS[MXLXLIMVGPSXXIH claws With praise your base betrayal and incest 4MQTW[MXLXLMIZIWERH½PXL]ZEKEFSRHW Must welcome such as you as of their best.

Marie

You don’t know what ...

(SGXSV 8LMRO]SY´PPKSXS,IEZIR# Marie

Fuck Heaven.

Doctor Sounds like an interesting place. 12.00

HIPPOLYTUS Hypocrisy my father spits like sludge This journey need not sweat the hoof nor tiller So if ye seek the root of sacred vice No need to look much farther than Ca ...

Marie

Doctor If you really meant that, you wouldn’t have used a capital ‘G’. 1EVMI

Hippolytus is chased off by Theseus and Theramenes.

Fuck God.

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Doctor I’ve read your plays. How about a TERXSQMQI#

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Hang myself, slash my wrists and take an overdose.

Doctor You’d never be able to swallow the pills with

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Fuck panto.

Doctor Dick Whittington. Marie

Fuck Whittington.


Woyzeck Andres. Wake up. The dream. Again. Doctor Sleeping Pill Beauty. Andres Doctor and Marie open pill bottles and throw sweets into the audience. Doctor I am going to prescribe you something to keep you alive.

Go to sleep, Woyzeck. What good does it HSXSXIPP]SYVWXYTMHHVIEQWXSQI#(SE soliloquy.

Woyzeck Out of the question. %RHVIW ;EWMXXLIORMJIEKEMR#

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Doctor No.

Woyzeck Andres! You’ve ruined my dream. The knife was mine to reveal.

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Andres

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I was merely adding another level to the exposition.

Doctor No. Woyzeck Oh. Go to sleep. 1EVMI

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Just taken some drugs. Go away.

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(SGXSV ;L]HS]SYEWO# Woyzeck I once lived on peas for three months. Marie

Fuck you. 1EVMI

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Doctor A trilogy. Night night. Woyzeck Doctor’s orders. Night. Two more beds are brought into the ward. Woyzeck and Andres are asleep. Silence. Silence. A dog barks. Silence.

Marie

You must have an incredibly stupid doctor.

Woyzeck Yours doesn’t sound too clever. Fifty-four EWTMVMR#-WLIQEH# 1EVMI

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Woyzeck I keep seeing a knife.

100 paracetamol and a bottle of Rioja.

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Patient woke in a pool of vomit.

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Woyzeck There is no hand upon it.

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Marie

Dog

Sleep with a human and rise covered in vomit.

No use without a hand.

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I feel sick.

Woyzeck Exactly. Woyzeck goes. Morning.

Woyzeck and Hippolytus return. Woyzeck I once had a dog who kept trying to hang himself. Hipp.

I’ve never heard of such a dog as this.

Marie

Perhaps he was depressed.

Hipp.

A dog depressed must simply bark it off.

Melleril, 50mg.

Citaloprom, 20mg.

Woyzeck This one just wanted to hang himself. You should see the way he pulled at the lead when I took him for a walk. I thought he was trying to get away but when released he would always come scurrying back. Then one day he found a length of rope.

Prozac, 20mg.

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Fight with Doctor.

Woyzeck Just the right length to hang a dog.

Lofepramine, 70mg. Fight with nurse.

Nurse – 20 mg Prozac.



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Doctor – 140mg Lofepramine and a large gin.

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Police.

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Police – Citaloprom 30mg each.

Woyzeck No. He couldn’t tie knots. He just bit the rope, shook it about violently and growled for a few hours. Until it fell to pieces.

Patient discharges herself into the community.

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Police issue warning not to do it again. Woyzeck A frayed knot. But the very next day he

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was run over by a carriage containing Count Wilhelm III of Battenberg and the Greek Ambassador.

I do not want to die. I do not want to hang about.

Hipp.

Poor thing. It must have been an accident.

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I do not want to ...

Woyzeck Neither. I kicked him on to the road. For wasting such an expensive length of rope.

Hammering at the door. Marie returns to her bed. Woyzeck (Off.) Wake up you old Jew.

Woyzeck and Hippolytus go their separate ways. Marie

Old Jew enters.

Everything has to die some time. I will choose my own time.

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I cannot think.

Woyzeck (Off.) In the name of God. I want the knife. In the window.

I cannot write. 3PH.I[ 'ER´X]SYGSQIFEGOMRXLIQSVRMRK# I cannot spell. Woyzeck (Off.) No. I may dream. I cannot. I carrot.

Old Jew opens the door and lets Woyzeck in.

I canrot.

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I can rot.

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I car not.

Old Jew That depends what you want to cut.

I care not.

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I care knot.

Old Jew Easily.

At 4.48 I shall hang myself while my lover sleeps.

;S]^IGO&VIH# Old Jew Just as well. Zwei Groschen.

At 4.47 I shall kill my lover while my lover sleeps. Lover. Over.

;S]^IGO3RIIEGL# Woyzeck leaves. A shaft of light pours in from above. The Old Jew WLYJ¾IWSJJ Stinker descends.

I do not want to live.

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Stinker

I’ve come to review your suicide. It’s a new feature we’re running. Tried a few assisteds abroad and we’re going to run with it. Do ]SYQMRHMJ-XEOIEJI[TMGXYVIW#&IJSVI and after.

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Don’t.

Stinker takes pictures.

B

Leave.

Talking about an award ceremony too. Suicide of the year. Chris Eubank’s up for presenting. A bit like ‘This is your life’ but with more of a climax.

C

Us.

Stinker

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(Silence.)

Doctor Worry not. She has a trilogy to complete. Marie

I’m going somewhere you can never follow.

M

To leave us here immortal and fucked up.

B

Nameless.

You’ll never be forgotten that easily.

M

Vowelless.

Marie climbs on the dressing table. She prepares the noose. Hippolytus returns.

A

Consonantless.

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face. Stinker

Hipp.

But wait. Phaedra is dead. You must remain.

Marie

She was dead before I killed her. Euripides, Seneca, Racine ... Benjamin fucking Britten.

B, M, A and C start to lick Marie’s legs. Marie puts her head in the noose. Marie

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But you who warmed her heart. Made her alive.

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16 Others enter. Marie

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I am not responsible.

All

Bingo!

I am not connected.

P.A. System

I am leaving you all behind. Hipp.

Marie

If you destroy yourself her memory will be forever coloured with your death. Her character and faith will darken then to pace a worthless shadow on your breath.

Others stand back.

I do not know you.

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I will not know you.

Stinker

Get on with it!

I do not know me.

Hipp.

Eternal God in heaven punish me.

-ERERH'EXI Marie

Please take your positions. Anyone not committing suicide – please return to the platform immediately. Thank you for travelling Planet Earth and we apologise again for any delay.

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Woyzeck I once had a dog who only ever barked in iambic pentameter.

Fuck off. Doctor Attention seeker. Ignore her.

Ian and Cate

We ate the baby. Stinker

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Woof woof Woof. Nurse

440mg of Racuptinal. 60mg of Phrenolinine. 2 litres of Dascuptimilobidnumierniumtricinipolopholecyne.

Cate

C*@t! Marie jumps from the table and hangs on the rope. She is still alive and smiles at the others who watch in a semicircle. Woyzeck climbs up behind her with the knife.

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;S]^IGO# Woyzeck shoves the knife in to her back. Marie dies.

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The end.

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Raymond Burke: The Legacy of Sarah Kane