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But while it has an undeniably serious purpose and is imaginatively staged by Katie Mitchell , I find its escalating horrors have a sense-numbing effect that outweighs its redemptive lyricism. Under the sadistic gaze of the self-loathing Tinker, the inmates are subjected to controlled experiments. We wait to see how far Grace, the central figure, will go in her fierce passion for her heroin-injected brother, Graham. At the same time, the year-old Rod finds his commitment to his younger lover, Carl, rigorously examined as the latter undergoes progressive bodily mutilation.

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But while it has an undeniably serious purpose and is imaginatively staged by Katie Mitchell , I find its escalating horrors have a sense-numbing effect that outweighs its redemptive lyricism.

Under the sadistic gaze of the self-loathing Tinker, the inmates are subjected to controlled experiments. We wait to see how far Grace, the central figure, will go in her fierce passion for her heroin-injected brother, Graham. At the same time, the year-old Rod finds his commitment to his younger lover, Carl, rigorously examined as the latter undergoes progressive bodily mutilation.

An illiterate boy, Robin, also attaches himself to Grace. Tinker is sexually hypnotised by an erotic dancer in a portable booth. Yet, in this chamber of horrors, love precariously survives. But all these works, in different ways, suggest the reduction of human beings to lab rats derives from a repressive society that punishes dissent.

While the play is not without a residual optimism, it dubiously implies that love is only truly manifested when associated with extreme pain and suffering. Grace undergoes an operation in which she mutates into her brother with visible genitalia. All this has proved too much for a handful of audience members who have, according to reports, fainted. But I would absolve both the play and the production, in which the sex is as graphic as the violence, of the charge of easy sensationalism.

Kane is ultimately making a moral point about sanctioned butchery. In a play that makes exceptional demands on its actors, Michelle Terry gives an outstanding performance as Grace, turning her into an endlessly watchful figure, prepared to sacrifice anything for the sake of sibling love.

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Cleansed review – Katie Mitchell plunges us into Sarah Kane's chamber of horrors

Cleansed is the third play by the English playwright Sarah Kane. The play is set in a university which has been converted into some form of bizarre institution under the rule of the sadistic Tinker. It is sometimes claimed that Tinker was named after the theatre critic for British newspaper The Daily Mail , Jack Tinker , whose review of Kane's first play Blasted was headlined "this disgusting feast of filth", but there does not appear to be any evidence of Kane confirming this. In the first scene, a timid Graham approaches Tinker, who appears to be a drug dealer. He says he 'wants out' and also asks for drugs. Tinker refuses. They then have an argument about whether or not they are friends.

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