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The Skriker

The Skriker

By Caryl Churchill
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848424999, 64 pages, July 2015
Paperback : 9781854592750, 64 pages, September 1994


"Long before that, long before England was an idea, a country of snow and wolves where trees sang and birds talked and people knew we mattered. "


In a broken world, two girls meet an extraordinary creature. The Skriker is a shapeshifter and death portent. She can be an old woman, a child, a young man. She is a faerie come from the Underworld to pursue and entrap them, through time and space, through this world and her own.

The Skriker was originally produced at the National Theatre, London, in 1994. It was revived at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, in 2015, as part of the Manchester International Festival, starring Maxine Peake, directed by Sarah Frankcom and featuring specially commissioned music by Nico Muhly and Antony of Antony and the Johnsons.

The Skriker is also available in the volume Caryl Churchill Plays: Three.


"Unwholesome, hypnotic and born in the dark. .. spellbinding. " —Independent on Sunday