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:

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

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