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Churchill Plays: 4  

Churchill Plays: 4 $31.81 ex GST
$34.99 inc GST
Published to mark her 70th birthday – the fourth volume of the collected plays of one of the best playwrights alive.

After the music-theatre piece, Hotel, from 1997, Churchill charted a course in This is a Chair, Blue Heart (both also premiered in 1997) and Far Away (2000) towards an increasingly extreme and unsettling mix of surrealism and a passionate engagement with big issues. A Number (2002) and Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? (2006) are less surreal but more overtly political, dealing respectively with cloning and with the Anglo-US axis. The volume ends with her version of Strindberg’s A Dream Play made for the National Theatre in 2005. Churchill, who rarely writes about her work and will not give interviews, has contributed a specially written introduction.

Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-540-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB


Caryl Churchill (born 3 September 1938) is an English dramatist known for her use of non-naturalistic techniques and feminist themes, the abuses of power, and sexual politics. She is acknowledged as a major playwright in the English language and a leading female writer. Her early work developed Brecht's modernist dramatic and theatrical techniques of ‘Epic theatre’ to explore issues around gender and sexuality. 

From A Mouthful of Birds (1986) onwards, she began to experiment with forms of dance-theatre, incorporating techniques developed from the performance tradition initiated by Artaud with his 'Theatre of Cruelty'. This move away from a clear Fabel dramaturgy towards increasingly fragmented and surrealistic narratives characterises her work as a postmodernist.

By Caryl Bhurchill, available through Currency Press - see all