Caryl Churchill’s dazzling play about a world sliding into chaos, in a new edition published alongside the play’s revival at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in 2020.
Far Away was first performed at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London, in November 2000.
‘Conjures a devastatingly bleak dystopia… every word, every half sentence paints a picture that would make you laugh if it didn’t want to make you cry… a tiny play, but an immense one. Chilling and thought-provoking’
‘A dystopia of incomprehensible proportions… a masterclass of spare theatrical writing, encompassing tense family drama, political horror story, romance as well as absurdist comedy’
— A Younger Theatre
‘Perhaps the ultimate fan favourite out of [Churchill’s] kaleidoscopic oeuvre… revered because of how powerfully and pithily it reads on the page… a play to witness Churchill at hurricane force, savage, hilarious, totally unlike anyone else’
— Time Out
‘A short play, but not a small play: it’s global in scope, untethered by time, part fable, part prophecy… interlaces the bucolic, the fantastical and the harrowing, pairing [Churchill’s] characteristic economy with wild, imaginative flourishes… dread-filled, disturbing, and prescient’
— The Stage
‘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