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?

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.

Press Quotes

'an important play... appallingly relevant'


'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:

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

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Ten short plays by Caryl Churchill, written for stage, radio and TV, selected and introduced by the author.