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Preview: 4.48 Psychosis by Intercultural Theatre Institute


Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) is back with a new set of graduating students with their very first production of the year. This March, watch as they perform Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis, as directed by award-winning director and ITI alumnus Andy Ng

Combining lyricism with dark humour, 4.48 Psychosis is an unvarnished look at the difficulty of questioning and communicating with the outside world through the lens of depression. 20 years after its premiere at London’s Royal Court Theatre in June 2000, ITI presents a fresh, multicultural interpretation of this modern classic, also Kane’s last and best-known play.

Ng is an acclaimed director, actor and playwright whose awards include Director of the Year at the 2019 International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong) Critics Awards for his experimental production, Ink Maze. This year’s graduating cohort includes students from India, Malaysia, South Korea, and Taiwan, namely Kyongsu Kathy Han, Li-chuan Lin (a.k.a. Aki), Prajith K. Prasad and Ramith Ramesh.

Says Ng of his take on the play, “I am not interested in showing the audience what depression or a psychotic mind is. To me, 4.48 Psychosis is about a fight between reason and sentiment, between life and theatre, between an individual and her world, between longing and disappointment, or simply about someone who can’t help loving too much.”

4.48 Psychosis plays from 12th to 14th March 2020 at the Drama Centre Black Box. Tickets available from Peatix

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