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Skriker, The - Full Length Play, Drama

Skriker, The

Caryl Churchill

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Full Length Play, Drama

7m, 9f

ISBN: 1559360976

Drawing from British folklore, the eminent English playwright drops the Skriker, an ageless shapeshifter, into contemporary London. 

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Fantasy

105 Minutes

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From West End

Drawing from British folklore, the eminent English playwright drops the Skriker, an ageless shapeshifter, into contemporary London. There she haunts two young women, one who is pregnant and one who is suspected of killing her child. While neither innocence nor shrewdness is effective against the ubiquitous Skriker as she appears in forms ranging from a petulant child to a barfly, the line between victim and predator is cloudy and even the language mutates in this startling fantasy.

FEE: $100 per performance.

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REVIEWS 

"Astonishing.... This portrait of a London haunted by gremlins ... turns the familiar into a hall of terrors.... Like the best fairy tales, it directly addresses the darker passages of the unconsciousness.... Ms. Churchill's most unsettling indictment yet of an incurably diseased world." - The New York Times

"Nutty ... science fiction for the James Joyce set.... A phantasmagoria about death and damage." - New York Post


The Skriker premiered at the Royal National Theatre in London in January 1994 under the direction of Les Waters.

Characters

CASTING

7m, 9f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Room for Extras

THE SKRIKER
JOSIE
LILY
PASSERBY
YALLERY BROWN
BLACK DOG
KELPIE / FAIR FAIRY
GREEN LADY / JENNIE GREENTEETH
GIRL WITH TELESCOPE / LOST GIRL
HAG / WOMAN WITH KELPIE
BOGLE / RAWHEADANDBLOODYBONES / DARK FAIRY
BROWNIE / RADIANT BOY
MAN WITH BUCKET / NELLIE LONG ARMS
SPRIGGAN
GRANDDAUGHTER / BLACK ANNIS
GREAT-GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTER / DEAD CHILD
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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Reviews
Samuel Wilson 4/19/2013 2:47 PM
It seems a rare occasion on stages anywhere in North America that we allow our playwrights and directors to tempt the fates and bring on an otherworldly troupe: you know what I mean.  After all, gremlins and goblins have skipped around in Disney movies for over eighty years.

Caryl Churchill however does not accept Happy, Dopey and the gang.  Her fairies, gremlins and goblins are the real ones, the ones from ancient Celtic mythology and pre-Christian psychology that not only tied your hair into elf-locks but danced you until you died at hellish revels as well.

In The Skriker, one of these wild fairies is cast adrift in contemporary London and falls (in love?) with Josie, a young, pregnant teenage girl, abandoned by everyone except her equally unstable sister.  Over the course of the play, The Skriker pursues Josie around the world, proposing deals, getting rich, losing it all and starting over again.

True, it would prove to be an immensely difficult play to stage for any director, new or old: The Skriker shifts shapes constantly, at one point becoming a couch.  Environments and locations switch on a dime.  But Churchill trusts in theatricality and the magic of theatre.

Electrifying, intense and hellishly loquacious The Skriker offers a visceral challenge to both artist and audience.

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