Caryl Churchill Plays: Three (NHB Modern Plays) by Caryl Churchill

By Caryl Churchill

Spanning nearly ten years and embracing a impressive diversity of favor and material, this 3rd quantity of Churchill's accrued performs, brought by way of the writer, contains:

Icecream - an unsettling examine British attitudes to the USA, and vice versa
Mad Forest - Churchill's reaction to the Romanian Revolution The Skriker - a 'spellbinding' piece combining English people stories with glossy city life
Thyestes - a 'bleakly eloquent new translation of Seneca's Roman tragedy' (Sunday Times).

Plus collaborative items combining observe and dance:

Lives of the good Poisoners - a libretto to tune through Orlando Gough and choreography via Ian Spink
A Mouthful of Birds - written with David Lan

Caryl Churchill has been hailed as 'a dramatist who needs to definitely be among the simplest half-dozen now writing' The Times

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MOTHER-IN-LAW. You’re very clever. 6. Angels DAN, a vicar. Three WOMEN in hats. WOMAN 1 has a bag of jumble. DAN (to audience). I don’t believe God is necessarily male. WOMAN 1. Where shall I put the jumble? DAN. In the vestry. WOMAN 2. Do you believe in angels? WOMAN 3. But when it comes to the ordination of women, have we your support or not? DAN. I don’t believe God is necessarily male in the conventional … But I do think there’s a time and a place … I entirely agree with the bishop when he – WOMAN 2.

ROY (aloud again). Twenty pounds you owe me, that’s the best way. Then I’ll go away. When you’ve killed the baby it’s going to be quiet. LENA. All right. The SPIRIT climbs onto ROY’s back and pushes him down onto the table. LENA washes a shawl in a baby bath. iv. LENA returns to the table. ROY. So I’ll phone up and book today. I could really do with a break myself. I know how much you’ve been wanting to go away. LENA. I have to talk to you. I think if you go to the bathroom. I think Sally’s drowned.

She drinks. She takes off the housecoat. YVONNE’s dress is now yellow. WOMAN A and WOMAN B come into YVONNE’s room and sit on the bed. She fills their glasses and her own. They all drink. The music returns. YVONNE and the two WOMEN dance. After a moment, YVONNE retches and pulls away from them. The WOMEN offer her another drink. She rushes to her bed and kicks off her shoes. The music stops. The TWO WOMEN return to their places and go on drinking. YVONNE. A – apple. B – butterfly. C – caramel. D – doughnut.

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