Martin Crimp: Attempts on Her Life

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Attempts on her Life (Royal Court, 1997) has largely been considered to be Martin Crimp’s masterpiece. It is the “most often performed, and most often studied, of Crimp’s works” (Sierz 2006: 53), yet it is also his most controversial play to date. When it was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in London, under Tim Albery’s direction, reactions to it varied from bafflement at its fragmented and innovative character to intense acclaim. Some argued that it was a bitter satire against a selfish, materialistic civilisation based on consumerism, others that it was a private drama, yet all of them agreed that the play was critical about the increased inequalities resulting from globalisation, and …

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Citation:
Escoda , Clara. "Attempts on Her Life". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 May 2009
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