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Palace of the End

Palace of the End

By Judith Thompson
Subjects: Theatre of War, Women Writers, Ontario Playwrights
Casting: 2 f, 1 m
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780887548352, 64 pages, November 2007
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770910751, 64 pages, November 2007
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770910744, November 2007


  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award for Drama 2008
  • Winner, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2008
  • Winner, Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, General Theatre Division 2008


A searing triptych of three monologues all exposing the ugly truth behind the headlines of the Iraq War.

Based around the lives of three distinct characters—a young soldier imprisoned for her misconduct at a prison camp in Iraq, a microbiologist-cum-weapons inspector who exposes the false justifications for war, and a mother/political opponent of Saddam Hussein—Palace of the End details the reality of the war in Iraq from three unique perspectives. With its emphasis on the human voice and power of the soul in the midst of a destructive war, each account is a riveting and brilliantly portrayed indictment of one of the contemporary world's worst conflicts.


"Perspectives on Iraq vividly staged."

- Studio City Sun

"Palace of the End raises the bar… beautifully specific writing… packs a mean punch… as quietly unforgettable as it is purposely rending."

- LA Times Critics Choice

"Palace of the End… never crosses the line of abject moralizing. The issues are presented as theatre; the voice is focused, commanding. The truth is a catharsis for redemption."

- Tolucan Times

"Judith Thompson paints a richly textured portrait…. Thompson defiantly scrapes to the marrow of opposing camps, offering a lament that is theological and tragic and contains a rare, eerie beauty."

- LA Weekly