Paperback, 136 pages ISBN: 9781848423503Publication Date:
8 Aug 2013
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Ebook, 136 pages ISBN: 9781780012889Publication Date:
22 Aug 2013
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First Staged:
Almeida Theatre, London, 2013


By Lucy Kirkwood

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  • Best New Play, Critics' Circle Awards - 2014
  • Best New Play, Olivier Awards - 2014
  • Best Play, Evening Standard Awards - 2013
  • Susan Smith Blackburn Prize - 2014

A powerful, provocative play about international relations and the shifting balance of power between East and West. Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Play (2014), the Evening Standard Best Play Award (2013), the Critics' Circle Best New Play Award (2014), and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Tiananmen Square, 1989. As tanks roll through Beijing and soldiers hammer on his hotel door, Joe – a young American photojournalist – captures a piece of history.

New York, 2012. Joe is covering a presidential election, marred by debate over cheap labour and the outsourcing of American jobs to Chinese factories. When a cryptic message is left in a Beijing newspaper, Joe is driven to discover the truth behind the unknown hero he captured on film. Who was he? What happened to him? And could he still be alive?

A gripping political examination and an engaging personal drama, Chimerica examines the changing fortunes of two countries whose futures will shape the whole world.

Lucy Kirkwood's play Chimerica was first performed at the Almeida Theatre, London, in 2013 before transferring to the Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End.

Chimerica is also available in the collection Lucy Kirkwood Plays: One.

Press Quotes

'Gloriously rich, mind-expanding... if we see a better new play this year, we'll be extremely lucky'


'Hurtles along with a mixture of humour, dramatic tension and terrific visual ingenuity... a hugely entertaining and at times deeply affecting play... I cannot recommend it too highly'


'A gripping, multilayered and meticulously researched thriller... like an expansive HBO mini-series expertly compacted into an evening at the theatre... Kirkwood's sharp, incisive dialogue is splendid'

Time Out

'A tremendously bold piece of writing... topical without being gimmicky and well-informed without being showily so... a landmark production'

Evening Standard

'Ambitious, sprawling, morally fascinating, as gripping as a good novel'

The Times

'A taut, complex and nuanced thriller with [an] exhilaratingly ambitious scope'

Exeunt Magazine

'Rich, riveting and theatrically ambitious... fizzing with wit and intelligent ideas... a work of real brilliance'

The Arts Desk

'Absolutely riveting... an important, far-reaching drama'

The Stage
Paperback,136 pages ISBN: 9781848423503Publication Date:
8 Aug 2013
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook,136 pages ISBN: 9781780012889Publication Date:
22 Aug 2013
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)

Also by Lucy Kirkwood:

The Welkin
Women, Power and Politics: Then
The Human Body
it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now
small hours
The Children
Lucy Kirkwood Plays: One
Beauty and the Beast
Bloody Wimmin

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