The Hospital at the Time of the Revolution
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

Also by Caryl Churchill:

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

Go to author page...

Similar Titles
A play written in response to the Romanian revolution of 1989, exploring the reactions of ordinary people to events.
Ten short plays by Caryl Churchill, written for stage, radio and TV, selected and introduced by the author.
A brilliant and unsettling play from one of the UK's leading dramatists.
A short play by one of the UK's leading dramatists. A child is shut in her room, a dog is dead in the road, s...
A heartbreaking, powerful and bitterly comic account of what it is to be a woman in wartime.
A play about a group of inmates who have been locked up in a mental hospital since the Spanish Civil War.