Chimerica

Cast: 5-11f 7-12m

Staging: Various interior and exterior settings

Duration: Almeida Theatre, London, 2013

Amateur rights performance fee: £75 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

Paperback, 136 pages ISBN: 9781848423503Publication Date:
8 Aug 2013
Size: 198mm x 129mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
EPUB, 136 pages ISBN: 9781780012889Publication Date:
22 Aug 2013
£9.99 £6.49You save £3.50 (35%)
First Staged:
Almeida Theatre, London 2013

Chimerica

By Lucy Kirkwood

Paperback £9.99£7.99

EPUB £9.99£6.49

  • Best New Play, Olivier Awards 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.

Chimerica premiered at the Almeida Theatre, London, before transferring to the Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End.

Press Quotes

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

Guardian

'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'

Telegraph

'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

Cast: 5-11f 7-12m

Staging:Various interior and exterior settings

Duration: Almeida Theatre, London, 2013

Amateur rights performance fee: £75 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)

Paperback, 136 pages ISBN: 9781848423503Publication Date:
8 Aug 2013
Size: 198mm x 129mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
EPUB, 136 pages ISBN: 9781780012889Publication Date:
22 Aug 2013
£9.99 £6.49You save £3.50 (35%)

Also by Lucy Kirkwood:

Mosquitoes
Tinderbox
Beauty and the Beast (National Theatre version)
Lucy Kirkwood Plays: One
Hedda
Bloody Wimmin
small hours
it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now
The Children
NSFW

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