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Far Away
Paperback, 46 pages ISBN: 9781854597441Publication Date:
14 Feb 2003
Size: 197mm x 131mm£7.99 £6.39You save £1.60 (20%)
EPUB, 46 pages ISBN: 9781780011141Publication Date:
15 Nov 2012
£7.99 £6.39You save £1.60 (20%)
First Staged:
Royal Court Upstairs, 2000; West End, 2001

Far Away

By Caryl Churchill

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A brilliant and unsettling play from one of the UK's leading dramatists.

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.

Caryl Churchill's play Far Away is a howl of anguish at the increasing – and increasingly accepted – levels of inhumanity in a world seemingly perpetually involved in conflict.

The play was first performed at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London, in November 2000.

Set Text: Far Away is a set text for AS/A-Level Drama (WJEC).

Far Away is also available in the collection Caryl Churchill Plays: Four, and in a new edition published alongside the Donmar Warehouse revival in 2020.

Press Quotes

'Conjures a devastatingly bleak dystopia... every word, every half sentence paints a picture that would make you laugh if it didn't want to make you cry... a tiny play, but an immense one. Chilling and thought-provoking'


'A dystopia of incomprehensible proportions... a masterclass of spare theatrical writing, encompassing tense family drama, political horror story, romance as well as absurdist comedy'

A Younger Theatre

'Perhaps the ultimate fan favourite out of [Churchill's] kaleidoscopic oeuvre... revered because of how powerfully and pithily it reads on the page... a play to witness Churchill at hurricane force, savage, hilarious, totally unlike anyone else'

Time Out

'A short play, but not a small play: it's global in scope, untethered by time, part fable, part prophecy... interlaces the bucolic, the fantastical and the harrowing, pairing [Churchill's] characteristic economy with wild, imaginative flourishes... dread-filled, disturbing, and prescient'

The Stage

'A twisted fairy tale that demonstrates [Churchill's] matchless gift for merging the apocalyptic and the fantastical... brilliantly absurdist... A sliver of genius'


'Caryl Churchill was expected to produce something explosive in Far Away, but... she has exceeded the critics' highest expectations'


'You know you are in the hands of a master'

Sunday Times
Paperback, 46 pages ISBN: 9781854597441Publication Date:
14 Feb 2003
Size: 197mm x 131mm£7.99 £6.39You save £1.60 (20%)
EPUB, 46 pages ISBN: 9781780011141Publication Date:
15 Nov 2012
£7.99 £6.39You save £1.60 (20%)

Also by Caryl Churchill:

Caryl Churchill Plays: Three
Caryl Churchill: Shorts
Beautiful Eyes
A Dream Play
Pigs and Dogs
Drunk Enough To Say I Love You?
Ding Dong the Wicked
A Number
Mad Forest
Not Not Not Not Not Enough Oxygen
Caryl Churchill Plays: Four
The After-Dinner Joke
Light Shining in Buckinghamshire
Caryl Churchill Plays: Five
Three Short Plays
Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp.
Here We Go
This is a Chair
A Mouthful of Birds
Escaped Alone
War and Peace Gaza Piece
Lives of the Great Poisoners
The Skriker
Cloud Nine
Hot Fudge
Love and Information
Blue Heart
A Number (2015 edition)
Schreber's Nervous Illness
Tickets are Now On Sale
Three More Sleepless Nights
The Hospital at the Time of the Revolution
The Judge's Wife
Far Away (Donmar edition)
Seven Jewish Children

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