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Members of the audience on stage before the performance




'Crave' by Sarah Kane, as performed by Smack Carrots in the Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar.


The venue is adjacent to the main theatre and basically consists of a pit, overlooked by 2 levels of long terraces on 3 sides. To get to the viewing platforms you climb a ramp through a dark passageway around and behind the stage.


Prior to seating, the audience were invited to walk around and sit in the pit, where some of the actors (in character) wandered in an agitated manner, humming nursery rhymes and scrawling on the floor with chalk.


Ushered along the ramps by flashlight we passed other characters, creeping around, cackling, shining flashlights on our faces and an actor in the corner strumming the banjo.


During the performance actors would occasionally wander the terraces delivering their lines.


Overall a bizarre and confronting experience, pretty unforgettable mostly due to the powerful acting.

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Taken on November 18, 2008