The Skriker

by  Caryl Churchill

Full Length Play, Drama  /  7m, 9f

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

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 9f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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

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

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission

Casting

7m, 9f
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
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Cast Attributes

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

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Authors

Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill was born on 3 September 1938 in London and grew up in the Lake District and in Montreal. She was educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Downstairs, her first play written while she was still at university, was first staged in 1958 and won an award at the Sunday Times National Union of Students Drama Fe ...

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

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