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:

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

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