The Hospital at the Time of the Revolution

Cast: 2f 8m

Staging: Minimal

Performing rights not held by Nick Hern Books

Imprint: 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

Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published in volume Caryl Churchill: Shorts

Also by Caryl Churchill:

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

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