Caryl Churchill Plays: Four by Caryl Churchill

By Caryl Churchill

Published to mark Caryl Churchill’s 70th birthday, this quantity comprises: Cloud Nine, Bliss, Hotel, This is a Chair, Blue Heart, Far Away, A Number, Drunk adequate to assert i like You?, and A Dream Play.

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Cowards! Two months’ rehearsals needed, minimum. d.  . began as a challenge. How do you fit fourteen hotel guests into one room? What happens when they all eventually go to bed? The potential for enormous traffic jams in such an intimate space seemed huge and fascinating. In rehearsal we were to discover that the simplest of acts, the cleaning of teeth, the hanging up of a dress, the reading of a magazine, demanded a relaxed yet rigorous precision when taking into account the thirteen other occupants of the space.

TED That’s all we said. JOHN We weren’t going to kill him or nothing. TED We were going to give him a smack. JOHN That’s all right. Anyone expects a smack. TED We’ll say exactly what happened. We don’t need a story, do we, I mean what happened is what happened is perfectly all right. JOHN He might not be dead you know. TED I can’t look. JOHN I’ll look. TED Go on then. JOHN Yes I’m going to. TED He must have been out of his head is what it is. JOHN They’ll see what he was on at the hospital. TED Maybe it’s something he was going to do whether we come or not.

ALICE Oh.  . ALICE Hello do come in. How lovely. Did you travel together? YW It’s great to be here. Susy’s told me so much about you. She said to be sure to look you up. BRIAN And she’s just behind you is she? ALICE Did you travel in separately from the airport? Did you come on the tube? YW I came on a bus. ALICE That’s a good way. YW But what’s this about Susy? Susy’s not here. MAISIE She hasn’t arrived yet. YW Susy’s coming too? that’s amazing. She saw me off on the plane. BRIAN Of course Susy’s coming.

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