Far Away [NOOK Book]

Overview

A brilliant and unsettling play from one of the UK's leading dramatists. Premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 2000.

At the opening of the play, a young girl is questioning her aunt about having seen her uncle hitting people with an iron bar; by the end, several years later, the whole world is at war - including birds and animals. Far Away is a howl of anguish at the increasing – and increasingly accepted – levels of inhumanity in a world ...

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Far Away

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Overview

A brilliant and unsettling play from one of the UK's leading dramatists. Premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 2000.

At the opening of the play, a young girl is questioning her aunt about having seen her uncle hitting people with an iron bar; by the end, several years later, the whole world is at war - including birds and animals. Far Away is a howl of anguish at the increasing – and increasingly accepted – levels of inhumanity in a world seemingly perpetually involved in conflict.

'You know you are in the hands of a master' The Sunday Times

'Churchill was expected to produce something explosive, but... she has exceeded the critics' highest expectations' The Observer

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Editorial Reviews

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"A new Caryl Churchill play is an event." - Michael Billington, The Guardian

"There's nothing like this play around today." - The Sunday Times

"Churchill is our most visionary writer. It may be a decade old, but this is a play that feels more resonant than ever." - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

FOUR STARS: "As rich and disturbing as anything we’ve seen this century." - Dominic Maxwell, The Times (London)

"Deeply disturbing. Far Away has the picturesque form and gentle rhythms of a fairy tale told at bedtime. But it also finds a grating alarm in traditional sounds of comfort, from the lapping of a stream and the lilt of a lullaby to the hesitating confidences exchanged by a boy and girl falling in love. With each new work, Ms. Churchill seems to come up with new rhythms and language to match, in exhilaratingly theatrical terms, what are scarcely trivial subjects, whether it's the rural bleakness and cruelty of Fen (1983) or the capitalist corruption of Serious Money (1987). I can think of no contemporary playwright who combines such scope of imagination and depth of purpose." - Ben Brantley, New York Times

"Chilling... Churchill's play seems to reinvent drama with every other line." - Alisa Solomon, Village Voice

"A masterpiece from one of the most valuable playwrights working today. Churchill is that rare dramatist who imagines different forms and even invented languages every time out." - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780011141
  • Publisher: Hern, Nick Books
  • Publication date: 11/15/2012
  • Series: NHB Modern Plays
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 46
  • Sales rank: 360,345
  • File size: 174 KB

Meet the Author


CARYL CHURCHILL's plays include "Cloud Nine" (revived in 2007 to huge acclaim at the Almeida, London), "Top Girls", "Serious Money", "The Skriker", "Blue Heart", "Far Away" and "A Number". Most are published by NHB. Caryl Churchill (1938-) is probably the most respected woman dramatist in the English-speaking world. She is the author of some twenty plays including Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Cloud Nine, Top Girls, Serious Money, The Skriker, Blue Heart, Far Away and A Number, seen and admired all over the world.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2014

    Goldenstripe

    Goldenstripe's eyes narrowed in pain as it only seems to get worse. He turned to face her with a look of hurt and sadness. "What?! I couldn't what? You don't think I could handle it? How is that your decision to decide anyways?! Am I not as good as you? You might be her friend but she's *my * sister! My sister Lilywolf! And I have a right to know everything you do! And what about all that honesty mouse dung you gave me all those times huh? That only applies to me?" His chest heaving in agitation, Goldenstripe looked away from Lilywolf to where the pond had been. "I don't understand Lilywolf," he said with a tearful voice. He was uninterested in anything she had to say, and he stalked away without looking back. ~Goldenstripe

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2014

    Velvetstar

    Velvetstar smiled past her tears at the necklace and slipped it on. "It's perfect Lilywolf, thank you," she meowed. "I love you both so much and even if it meant I could keep living forever, I wouldn't trade a day of being with you two." Giving Goldenstripe a lick on the ear, Velvetstar softly said, "It is your turn now, you'll have Lilywolf right at your side all the time, and me too." Wolfhearts words shattered her small hope and the white shecat took one step forward before turning to look back to Goldenstripe and Lilywolf, feeling as if her world is being torn apart. She mouthed an 'I love you,' and gave a faint smile, then she forced herself after Lynx into the cold pool, leaving her home behind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2014

    Lilywolf

    Lilywolf's tears increase and her heart aches as her mate walks away. "Goldenstripe... no..." The tabby lets the sobs come and they wrack her body. She had to tell him. But she feared that if she did he would only blame himself for everything. How could she do that to him? But Velvetstar had told her that she must tell him. She had to uphold that promise now. Tail dragging in the snow, Lilywolf glances back at the pool where Velvetstar had disappeared. "Give him strength." She whispers, before trudging after Goldenstripe. She planned to visit this place again some day. ~ Lilywolf &hearts

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    Posted October 25, 2008

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