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IN A FESTIVAL where eye-pleasing physical acts tend to attract praise faster than the speed of thought, Crave, a sedentary quartet for anonymous voices by Sarah Kane (right), is a godsend. Do not try too hard to stitch together the fragments of thought and feeling, word-play and body language - just marvel at a work which has a genuine craving for contradiction.

Traverse, Edinburgh (0131-228 1404) 11am

Another show which thrives on irreconcilable opposites is the National Theatre's touring revival of Joan Littlewood's Oh What a Lovely War, which dresses up the horror of the trenches in seaside vaudeville to produce a satire which falls only slightly short of being gut-wrenching.

Roundhouse, London NW3 (0171-420 0171) 7.45pm