The Hospital at the Time of the Revolution
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

Also by Caryl Churchill:

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

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