A brilliant and unsettling play from one of the UK’s leading dramatists.
At the opening of the play, a young girl is questioning her aunt about having seen her uncle hitting people with an iron bar; by the end, several years later, the whole world is at war – including birds and animals.
Caryl Churchill’s play Far Away is a howl of anguish at the increasing – and increasingly accepted – levels of inhumanity in a world seemingly perpetually involved in conflict.
The play was first performed at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London, in November 2000.
SET TEXT: Far Away is a set text for AS/A-Level Drama (WJEC)
‘A twisted fairy tale that demonstrates [Churchill’s] matchless gift for merging the apocalyptic and the fantastical… brilliantly absurdist… A sliver of genius’
‘Caryl Churchill was expected to produce something explosive in Far Away, but… she has exceeded the critics’ highest expectations’
‘You know you are in the hands of a master’
— Sunday Times