Tagged with Caryl Churchill

Escaped Alone – Caryl Churchill

Escaped Alone (now playing at the Royal Court Theatre) evinces Churchill writing at her most eloquent and politically charged finest. Not since Top Girls in 1982 has she given us an all-female cast: here, four women in their seventies gather in a sunny garden to gossip over afternoon tea. But this fifty-minute drama brings a … Continue reading

Here We Go – Caryl Churchill

Here We Go, Caryl Churchill’s short, 45-minute play at the National, directed by Dominic Cooke, has divided the critics. They either love it or loathe it. I find myself being schizophrenically split between being deeply moved by the play’s reflections on mortality and yet somewhat frustrated by the lack of a more explicit, palpable political … Continue reading

Pests (Royal Court Theatre) Vivienne Franzmann

Pests is a female buddy drama about two sisters, Pink and Rolly, who come from an underclass world of drugs, poverty, lack of education, violence, abuse and prison. The play was commissioned by Clean Break, a company founded in 1979 to assist women offenders and give theatrical voice to their lives and experiences of the … Continue reading

2013: Feminism Rising? – On the ‘Eve’ of Ensler’s ‘One Billion Rising’

When I pause to think of feminism and theatre in 2012, two book-ended images come to mind: two ‘top’ tables, the one female and the other male. The tables in question are Caryl Churchill’s opening dinner scene in Top Girls and Laura Wade’s all-boys, ‘posh’ table (as blogged previously on this site https://dramaqueensreview.com/2012/09/08/posh-laura-wade/). Seeing Max … Continue reading