By Caryl Churchill
Spanning nearly ten years and embracing a notable variety of fashion and material, this 3rd quantity of Churchill's gathered performs, brought through 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 sleek city life
Thyestes - a 'bleakly eloquent new translation of Seneca's Roman tragedy' (Sunday Times).
Plus collaborative items combining be aware and dance:
Lives of the good Poisoners - a libretto to track via Orlando Gough and choreography by means of 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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Extra info for Caryl Churchill Plays: Three (NHB Modern Plays)
Uk Contents Title Page Introduction A Mouthful of Birds Icecream Mad Forest Lives of the Great Poisoners The Skriker Thyestes About the Author Copyright and Performing Rights Information Introduction Each of these pieces came about in an entirely different way. Icecream is simply a play I wrote. A Mouthful of Birds, Mad Forest and Lives of the Great Poisoners all came from some kind of work with others. The Skriker, like Icecream, was a solitary piece of work till rehearsal but it took the form it did because of earlier collaborations.
She hesitates, retreats to A1, sits. SYBIL. You come to this place. Why not? You try to pack your powers in your knapsack. They’re fond of you. They like to help. They come. They stay awhile. They go. Of course they do. What are you left with? What? But you have such skill. Experience. Technique. I’ve been waiting and waiting. MARCIA (own voice). Who are you? Pause. MARCIA (with defiance). Baron Sunday betrayed his spirit. All the people saw his black deceit. Every day the bucket goes to the well, one day the bottom falls out.
And the pain in my shoulders and hips goes right down, my elbows are stiff, my knees seize up, my fingers crack, my toes throb – so from head to foot. Anywhere you touched me would hurt. And that’s not even the worst. It’s not so much as if I’m going to vomit but every bit of me is nauseated, my left foot wants to vomit, my blood – I’m completely full of this awful sickness. SUSY finishes the massage. She kisses the top of DOREEN’s head and goes to the room she shares with LIL. LIL starts quietly reading from the paper.