Far Away

Cast: 2-3f 1m plus unlimited extras

Staging: Minimal requirements

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Paperback, 46 pages ISBN: 9781854597441Publication Date:
14 Feb 2003
Size: 197mm x 131mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
Ebook, 46 pages ISBN: 9781780011141Publication Date:
15 Nov 2012
£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (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.

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

Cast: 2-3f 1m plus unlimited extras

Staging:Minimal requirements

Performing rights not held by Nick Hern Books

Paperback,46 pages ISBN: 9781854597441Publication Date:
14 Feb 2003
Size: 197mm x 131mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
Ebook,46 pages ISBN: 9781780011141Publication Date:
15 Nov 2012
£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)

Also by Caryl Churchill:

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

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