Blasted by Sarah Kane

A RADA Production, in association with Graeae Theatre Company
Directed by Jenny Sealey. Designed by Lisa Ducie.
Lighting designed by Stephanie Erb. Sound designed by Aiden Connor.
Video designed by James Godwin

Sarah Kane’s first full-length play, Blasted is a brutal vision of a war-torn society viewed through an intimate and heightened series of violent acts, which shocked critics on its premiere in 1995.

Gaining iconic status as much for the media controversy that followed as for its forceful and radical exploration of violence, Blasted has since been re-evaluated and re-examined in the light of continuing international atrocities and is now widely regarded as a landmark piece of twentieth century theatre – uncompromising yet prescient.

In this new production directed by Jenny Sealey, RADA students perform alongside an inclusive cast of D/deaf and hearing actors from Graeae Theatre Company, integrating spoken English and British Sign Language.

Jenny Sealey has been artistic director of Graeae since 1997, during which time she has worked with companies and theatres across the UK and the world to place the talent of D/deaf and disabled actors centre-stage. Her international work includes productions in Tokyo and Dhaka, while her recent directing credits in the UK include This Is Not For You, Reasons to be Cheerful, The House of Bernarda Alba and Blood Wedding. She co-directed the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony.

Access Information

For all performances:

  • Audio description is part live from the actors and part on the ear by audio describer
  • Captions are provided on iPads
  • All performances of Blasted feature full creative use of British Sign Language

Content and trigger warnings:

Sarah Kane’s Blasted contains material that some audience members may find challenging. If you would like to view the content warnings, you can find them here.

Age recommendation: 16+


Blasted will take place at the GBS Theatre, in RADA’s building on Malet Street, WC1E 7JN. Click here to see the location on google maps.


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  • Blasted rehearsals at RADA
  • Blasted rehearsals at RADA
  • Blasted rehearsals at RADA
  • Blasted rehearsals at RADA
  • Blasted rehearsals at RADA
  • Blasted rehearsals at RADA

Image gallery

  • Soldier
    Francis Lovehall (RADA acting student)
  • Ian
    Sam James Page (RADA acting student)
  • Cate
    Georgia Silver (RADA acting student)
  • Soldier
    Nadeem Islam (Graeae actor)
  • Ian
    Stephen Collins (Graeae actor)
  • Cate
    Emily Rose Salter (Graeae actor)
  • Director — Jenny Sealey
  • Designer — Lisa Ducie
  • Lighting Designer — Stephanie Erb
  • Sound Designer — Aiden Connor
  • Video Designer — James Godwin
Performance schedule
  • RADA