Far Away

Far Away Chilling Churchill s play seems to reinvent drama with every other line Village Voice A masterpiece from one of the most valuable playwrights working today Churchill is that rare dramatist who imagine

  • Title: Far Away
  • Author: Caryl Churchill
  • ISBN: 9781559361996
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • Chilling Churchill s play seems to reinvent drama with every other line 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 Chicago Tribune Deeply disturbing Far Away has the picturesque form and gentle rhythms of a fairy tal Chilling Churchill s play seems to reinvent drama with every other line 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 Chicago Tribune 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 I can think of no contemporary playwright who combines such scope of imagination and depth of purpose Ben Brantley, New York TimesFar Away opens on a girl questioning her aunt about having seen her uncle hitting people with an iron bar Several years later, the whole world is at war including birds and animals The girl has returned to her aunt to take refuge and begins to describe her journey There were piles of bodies and if you stopped to find out there was one killed by coffee or one killed by pins, they were killed by heroin, petrol, chainsaws, hairspray, bleach, foxgloves, the smell of smoke was where we were burning the grass that wouldn t serve Caryl Churchill has written for the stage, television and radio A renowned and prolific playwright, her plays include Cloud Nine, Top Girls, Far Away, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You , Bliss, Love and Information, Mad Forest and A Number In 2002, she received the Obie Lifetime Achievement Award and 2010, she was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

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    • George K. says:

      Δεύτερο θεατρικό έργο στη σειρά που διαβάζω, εντελώς διαφορετικό σε θεματολογία και γραφή σε σχέση με τα τρία προηγούμενα θεατρικά που έτυχε να πέσουν στα χέρια μου φέτος. Από την μια, μου κίνησε το ενδιαφέρον από την αρχή και το κράτησε μέχρι το τέλος, έτσι περίεργο και παρ [...]

    • Alyson says:

      This is the best representation of a play about war without being about a particular war. It was recommended to me by the director of another war play, a recommendation that came out of a conversation about awareness. It is political without being pointed, though there are clear allusions to WWII, at least visually. The point, though, is that war is not far away. War is not limited by borders or species. What seems like an absurd conversation about deer, elephants, and crocodiles hits hard by th [...]

    • Labis says:

      Έως ότου το δω στο θέατρο 2 αστέρια και πολλά του είναι

    • Victor Morosoff says:

      Sur une vingtaine de pages on a un premier "acte" qui donne des sueurs froides et une suite où tout dérape. 4/5

    • Kari says:

      I'm not going to lie, Post Modern Literature scares me. I never feel like I complete understand it, and always need to talk it through with a friend. That being said it is 1:40am, and I can't sleep. In the first act, the girl sees her uncle beating people, and her aunt talks her through it. Telling the girl that it is nothing; her uncle is saving these people, and she herself is part of a new order.Later, the girl makes hats which are worn by those being executed, and even later the girl finds h [...]

    • Ms. Kamerow says:

      Far Away is a short, shocking read. This bare bones play throws insane dystopian details at you with each line. The first third is most frightening, the final third most creative.

    • Harry McDonald says:

      I think it's going to take YEARS to understand this fully.

    • Alyce Hunt says:

      This is another one of those plays that you need to watch to truly understand. After reading 'Top Girls' I was interested in reading more Churchill, but I'm not sure if this was the best step. Sidestepping around the subject of war, it's not long enough to truly warrant three acts, but some of the imagery is extremely powerful.

    • Lukas Woodyard says:

      I love obscurity. I love the insane. This is what the play is to me. Are we far away from this future? I don't know. I keep imagining how we are not so far away from a world portrayed in these dystopian portrayals. I'd love to see this or direct this one day. I guess this will mark my journey into Caryl Churchill.

    • Lise says:

      not my favorite churchill, but full of some really cool stuff. i adore the hat factory scene.

    • Daniel says:

      Easily the weakest Churchill I've read. She still has a knack for incredible images—parade of prisoners with monstrous hats? War with unpredictable alliances of nations, nature, and people?—but it feels half baked, more of a world-building exercise than play proper.

    • Alyssa says:

      While it is short, Far Away packs enough of an emotional punch as a full length musical. I like that from the outside, the play seems to be simple. Most of the dialogue is short and are about trivial things. But putting the pieces together, it shows the disaster the future can hold and the paranoia that can consume us. My favorite part is the beginning, which (unless you knew much about the play) seems to be set in the present day. While at a sleepover at her aunt and uncle’s house, young Joan [...]

    • Jill says:

      Ah, that feeling of when you finish a long (lonnnngggg) book and can't wait to devour everything in sight you start with something small, just to keep your confidence up. But make no mistake: though this play be short, it is a motherfucking heartbomb. I think it works best if you have no idea what's happening going in, so don't read any reviews -- just get your hands on it, somehow. It's an abstract allegory, but one of those really excellent ones with a lot of personal footholds. I like my inte [...]

    • Ian says:

      this play changed me greatly. i had the pleasure of trying to direct this beautiful work. i think its masterful, and asks a question or demands a question of its audience/ reader. it asks them to wake up to the world around them, to not be complacent in the terrors they are active participants in. lets the world destroy itself, and then where will we be? "i didnt know if the river would drown me or help me swim when you first step in you dont know whats going to happen, the water laps around you [...]

    • David says:

      This is kind of a strange book, and I don't know what to make of it. The book is a 3-act play which takes place over a number of years.It's a strange world where it appears that law and order have broken down. One is either with the program, or at risk of being consumed by it. There is no mention of authority, but there is fear of it. The book also ends strangely and suddenly after a long speech by Joan, one of the characters we meet in the first act.

    • Samuel says:

      Having seen Love and Information, Churchill is becoming a favourite of mine. Politicised but modestly so. So much is implied when so little is written. Her style is wholly her own and yet she leaves so much freedom for a director's interpretation. Far Away reflects, in sparse and experimental dialogue, a dystopian future deeming war as the norm and a common consciousness racked with anxiety and fear.

    • Alan says:

      My first Churchill, and wow, this was deeply powerful and disturbing. Churchill dehumanizes the human, something I have never seen before. She describes a world where ALL is encompassed in this forever war that shows no signs of ending as technology gets more and more shocking. Really enjoyed reading this, despite it freaking me out throughout.

    • Norah says:

      One of the many plays I've read for class this semester, but it's great. Stark, sad, minimalist. The whole world is at war, even the plants and animals. There are a million factions and it's impossible to tell who's good and who's bad. But you don't see any fighting animals, etc. Just three characters talking about the world they live in. Lovely. But the world they live in is beyond hope.

    • Beth says:

      4.5 starsA beautiful, brief, utterly terrifying glance at a horrific world. Far Away is not really about character. It's about evocation. And the world that Churchill crafts, this totally realised, chilling world where even nature is part of an obscure bhuman battle, is magical and yet totally believable. I just wanted a little more.

    • Allison Rockwell says:

      I didn't think I quite got this play when I read it-- it was so sparse, it was really difficult to visualize. Then the University of Iowa theatre department put it on, and took the audience on a whirlwind tour through all three of the theatre spaces in our department. It was a fantastic production, and really made me appreciate the play more.

    • Jackie says:

      The gradual revelation that this play takes place in a very different world is incredibly well done. The first act gave me chills. After that, although it was clever and masterfully constructed, my attention wandered. I am the type of reader who wants to understand characters, and before I had any chance to look closer at these, the play was over.

    • Shannon says:

      I wish that there were a way to give this less than one starybe half a star. Why not write "war is bad" google "Nazi" or "holocaust" for further explanation? It does make you think, but not any more so than watching the news for 5 minutesd this read was a half an hour of my life that I'm never getting back. Booh, hissI shake my headI bite my thumb!

    • Robin Conley says:

      I like how the dialogue is done in this play so that when questions are asked they aren't always answered. I don't think I understood everything that the play was trying to say, but I enjoyed reading it and thought it had some interesting discussions. I wish I had seen it performed because i think that would have been better.

    • Cassie says:

      Another quite unique play, one that I believe many would find confusing and senseless. However, if one were to analyze the play and try to find out and make connections to the events within the play, figure out what they could possible mean in the story and mean to you, then this play would be very good to read. It's also quite thought-provoking, if you let it.

    • Pgregory says:

      A world so at war with itself, even the animal kingdom takes sides. In a way, Far Away (which I've read multiple times) is like The Matrix, a seemingly science fiction world that parallels reality a little too closely. Devastating, cruel, funny, a quick punch to the gut.

    • María says:

      I'm going to give it four stars until I've read some critical analysis. The play is deeply unsettling but rather hauting in a way because all the time you can't help but picture exactly everything that is going on.

    • Meghan says:

      I love this short play. It's dark, interesting, full of tension and mystery, and the world of the play feels huge with implications far beyond the pages. Must-read for absurdist fans of Beckett, Stoppard, etc.

    • Lelaina Vogel says:

      There's an eerie minimalism to this play that cannot be missed. Like Sarah Kane's Blasted, this one left my heart racing and my head confused. It takes 15 minutes to read, but it will take a lifetime to understand.

    • Sarah Kosar says:

      Hard to digest the first read, after the fifth, I'm finally getting it! Super powerful if you let it sink. Teaches you a lot about structure and the way you tell a storyis one of the most important parts!

    • Sarah-Ruth says:

      The play is mesmerizing! I love how eerily it begins, and then ultimately becomes quite the political statement. I think the concept of animals, elements and objects joining a world war is an interesting portrayal of our current environmental crisis mixed in with genocide.

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