What If If Only
Paperback, 48 pages ISBN: 9781839040269Publication Date:
30 Sep 2021
Size: 198mm x 129mm£8.99 £7.19You save £1.80 (20%)
EPUB, 48 pages ISBN: 9781788504515Publication Date:
30 Sep 2021
£8.99 £7.19You save £1.80 (20%)
Titles included:
First Staged:
Royal Court Theatre, London, 2021

What If If Only

By Caryl Churchill

Paperback £8.99£7.19

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Your partner's died, could things have been different?

Caryl Churchill's short play What If If Only premiered in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in September 2021, directed by James Macdonald.

This edition also includes the resonant and surreal short piece, Air.

'Caryl Churchill has remade the landscape of contemporary drama – and earned herself a place among the greats' Guardian

'Make me happen'

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'A truly uncompromising theatrical voice at the top of her game... [Churchill] packs more into this 20-minute piece about death, grief and the multiverse than many writers manage at seven times the length... it has a crystalline beauty, sly humour and boundless imagination'

Evening Standard

'Quietly astonishing... a taut distillation and a gripping realisation of a giddying idea that resonates long after the curtain falls'

The Stage

'Trust Caryl Churchill to pack more meaty matter into 20 minutes than most playwrights manage in two hours. Her surreal new short covers nothing less than bereavement, time and the universe – and does so with dizzying complexity... [She demonstrates] absolute mastery of her form. Like Picasso in his late sketches, she has become the essence of herself, still challenging, thoughtful and heading in directions no one else dares... a rocket of thought to propel you into the night'


'There is nobody like Caryl Churchill and it's hard to think of any writer in history so completely on top of their game at her age. [What If If Only is] just 20 minutes, but it contains whole worlds'

Time Out

'Packs many an emotional punch, traumatic and claustrophobic while laugh-out-loud funny'


'Crammed with poetry and profundity. A meditation on grief and mortality that encompasses huge existential questions about the ways humanity is messing up the planet, ourselves and each other, What If If Only is incredibly intense... a nugget of supremely accomplished theatre... It leaves you moved and marvelling afresh at Churchill's tireless inventiveness and consummate skill'

Paperback, 48 pages ISBN: 9781839040269Publication Date:
30 Sep 2021
Size: 198mm x 129mm£8.99 £7.19You save £1.80 (20%)
EPUB, 48 pages ISBN: 9781788504515Publication Date:
30 Sep 2021
£8.99 £7.19You save £1.80 (20%)

Also by Caryl Churchill:

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

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