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:

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

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