The Hospital at the Time of the Revolution

Cast: 2f 8m

Staging: Minimal

Performing rights not held by Nick Hern Books

Published in volume Caryl Churchill: Shorts
First Staged:
Finborough Theatre, London, 2013

The Hospital at the Time of the Revolution

By Caryl Churchill
Published in volume Caryl Churchill: Shorts

A forensic insight into the adjustment of morality for the sake of conscience.

Algeria, 1956 – a country desperately fighting for independence from French colonial rule.
 Frantz Fanon is head of the psychiatric department of the Blida-Joinville hospital in Algiers, treating both oppressed and oppressor. But who are the real victims?

A civil servant presents his psychologically disturbed daughter to the hospital for assessment and insists on her admittance. An inspector demands treatment for his helpless violence against his own wife and child. Three in-patient revolutionaries are delusional and paranoid. These products of a broken society are beginning to show symptoms, how should they be treated?

Caryl Churchill's play The Hospital at the Time of the Revolution was inspired by the life and work of Frantz Fanon (1925-1961), the Martinique-born psychiatrist, philosopher, revolutionary and writer whose best known works include Black Skin, White Masks and his masterpiece The Wretched of the Earth.

The play was first published in 1990, but remain unperformed until 2013, when it was staged at the Finborough Theatre, London.

Press Quotes

'An important play... appallingly relevant'

Guardian

'Packs a powerful punch... an intense 90-minute drama'

British Theatre Guide

'Charged as the writing is, it is also balanced... a sense of conflict as something toxic, capable of contaminating, runs through the play'

The Stage

Cast: 2f 8m

Staging:Minimal

Performing rights not held by Nick Hern Books

Published in volume Caryl Churchill: Shorts

Also by Caryl Churchill:

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

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