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Fen - Full Length Play, Drama

Fen

Caryl Churchill

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Full Length Play, Drama

1m, 6f, 1girl(s)

ISBN: 9780573619151

Winner! 1983-1984 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

"Ms. Churchill has put together with grace and anger and a generous humor an evening almost entirely composed of wants." - Sunday New York Times

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Settings Of Play - The fens in east Englad, less than a hundred miles north of London.

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Unit Set/Multiple Settings

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre

Winner! 1983-1984 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
This remarkable playwright shows still another aspect of her talent in Fen, which takes place in England's swamp or "fen" country and focuses on a gang of women landworkers. The play looks at their work situation and their private lives and dreams. In particular, we follow the story of Val, who leaves her husband and children to live with a farm worker, Frank. Other characters include Angela, the outsider who torments her stepdaughter Becky; Alice, who has turned to religion; Nell, who tries to assert her rights against the farmer; Shirley, who prides herself on keeping going. A community with strong links with the past but living in a present where the land is owned by multinationals.

REVIEWS

"Ms. Churchill has put together with grace and anger and a generous humor an evening almost entirely composed of wants." - Sunday New York Times

"A wonderful and strange play; passionate, tense, and eloquent." - Village Voice

"Ms. Churchill...possesses one of the boldest theatrical imaginations to emerge in this decade who is amazingly enough plowing new ground in the theater with every new play." - The New York Times


Fen premiered at the University of Essex by the joint Stock Theatre Group in January 1983 under the direction of Les Waters.

Characters

CASTING

1m, 6f, 1girl(s)

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Expandable casting, Flexible casting

BOY SCARING CROWS
JAPANESE BUSINESSMAN
WILSON - a landworker
SHIRLEY - a landworker
NELL - a landworker
VAL - a landworker
ANGELA - a landworker
MRS. HASSETT - a ganger
FRANK - a farm laborer
DEB - Val's daughter, age 9
SHONA - Val's daughter, age 6
BECKY - Angela's stepdaughter, age 15
MAY - Val's mother
MISS CADE - a businesswoman
MR. TEWSON - a farmer
WOMAN WORKING IN THE FIELD
ALICE - a landworker
GEOFFREY - Shirley's husband
MAVIS - a Baptist
MARGARET - a Baptist
MRS. FINCH - a Baptist
IVY - May's mother
Author
Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill (born 1938) wrote her first play, Downstairs, while at Oxford University. It was staged in 1958 and won the award at the Sunday Times National Union of Students Drama Festival. Her plays have been performed on international stages, on the BBC radio, and adapted for BBC television. They include Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Cloud Nine, Fen, Three More Sleepless Nights, Top Girls ... view full profile

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