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Crave - Crucible Studio

Published by: Paul Tyree on 18th Mar 2015 | View all blogs by Paul Tyree



 Review by Paul Tyree

As part of the Sarah Kane season currently playing at the Sheffield Crucible 'Crave' is a linguistic poem ostensibly to love, but more realistically to passion, abuse or loss and how much we confuse those emotions and attribute the word love to them.

The four actors that arrive on stage quickly create a cacophony of words and sound that, by turns, confuse and sound threateningly familiar. Wait long enough and you will hear something that you have either thought, said or wished to say.

On show we have both disappointed women and disappointed men, bringing home the often unforgiving and disappointing reality of love and how much we yearn so desperately for the imaginary tales of love and forever that we have been raised with.

If anything this play gives the lie to love but also reinforces how desperately we seem to need to believe in it.

christopher fulford

(Photo by Mark Douet).

Of the four actors it has to be said that Christopher Fulford not only steals the show, he is the show! Without him it would be easy enough not to take this piece seriously and shows the importance of casting and what a positive effect that can have on an audiences perception. His performance feels real and heartfelt and based on knowledge and experience and the pain and tragedy and yearning in his eyes seems to come from hard won experience rather than acting chops. The other 3 actors are incredibly professional but don't seem to connect with the material in quite the same way.

This is only 40 minutes long but is an intensely theatrical experience and is more than worth a visit.

It is painful but no less rewarding for that. An ode to the love we have and a painful cry in the dark for the love we feel we deserve.

Crucible Studio - 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

Box Office: 0114 249 6000

Wed 18 Mar 7:45pm   £15.00* Book Tickets
Fri 20 Mar 7:45pm   £18.00* Book Tickets
Sat 21 Mar 7:45pm   £18.00* Book Tickets



1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 3 years ago
    Thanks, Paul. Great review. Such powerful emotions conveyed in just 40 minutes. I can understand why you have identified Christopher Fulford's "connection" with the piece as being key to its success.
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