Lesson 1 (from Blasted, Scene 1)
Blasted, Scene 1
Sarah Kane: Complete Plays contains the five plays and one screenplay which constitute Kane's total canon. The works are characterized by themes of degradation, violence, suicide, and gallows humor. Sarah Kane (1971 - 1999) was an English playwright whose inspiration drew from expressionist theatre and Jacobean tragedy. In this lesson, students are introduced to the anthology and will research and discuss its author, Sarah Kane.
1) Research Activity: Allow students time in the beginning of class to conduct independent research on the life and works of playwright Sarah Kane. When and how did Sarah Kane die?
2) Group Activity: Following the research activity, students are to gather into small groups of 3-4 each to discuss their findings and collaborate in developing a presentation which illustrates the life and career of the author. How many plays of Kane's were produced during her lifetime?
3) Class Discussion: Ask students to...
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