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A: Martin Crimp Pf: 1997, London Pb: 1997 G: 17 scenarios S: Indeterminate locations in Britain, late 20th c. C: Any number of performersIn the course of 17 disjointed scenes, aspects of the life of Anne (Ann, Annie, Anny, Anya, Annushka) may be pieced together. It appears that she is 40, is trusting, travels widely, has appeared in films – perhaps as a porn star – and seeks fulfilment as a terrorist. She may have taken an overdose and be lying in a hospital bed. She may be married with two children and live with her husband in a rural commune and visit her mother-in-law. Perhaps she is an artist, offering her suicide notes as works of art. Perhaps she is stabbed to death, while a child looks on.

A: Martin Crimp Pf: 1997, London Pb: 1997 G: 17 scenarios S: Indeterminate locations in Britain, late 20th c. C: Any number of performers

In The Treatment (1993) Crimp created the character of Ann, who is physically abused by her partner then harassed by film producers wanting to buy her story. Here, in a series of ‘scenarios’ linked only by enigmatic references to Anne, her personality is totally fragmented, reflected in the disjointed structure, in conflicting information, in the different variations of her name, and in the use of different languages. For lovers of postmodernist deconstruction, this offers an interesting challenge to an imaginative cast and a teasing puzzle to an audience.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights).


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