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Blue Heart  

Blue Heart $19.95 ex GST
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Two related short plays, both teasingly entertaining and brilliantly executed. But neither play is what it seems. Something catastrophic is happening which disrupts and destroys the very fabric of their worlds.

Heart's Desire
A father, mother and aunt are waiting for a woman to arrive home after years away in Australia. 

Blue Kettle
A middle-aged man sets out to convince a succession of elderly women that that they are his long-lost mother.

Review
Substantial, provocative, immensely stylish works which create an unsettling mixture of wild laughter and profound unease... a major hit -  Daily Telegraph


Cast : Heart's Desire - 2M, 4F ; Blue Kettle - 1M, 6F

Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-327-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB

Author

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