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Far Away

Far Away

By Caryl Churchill
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781854597441, 46 pages, February 2003


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.


"You know you are in the hands of a master. "

- Sunday Times

"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 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

"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. "

- WhatsOnStage

"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

"Caryl Churchill was expected to produce something explosive in Far Away, but. .. she has exceeded the critics' highest expectations. "

- Observer

"A twisted fairy tale that demonstrates [Churchill's] matchless gift for merging the apocalyptic and the fantastical. .. brilliantly absurdist. .. A sliver of genius. "

- Independent