Far Away

by  Caryl Churchill

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1m, 3f

Confronting our deepest fears, Caryl Churchill’s extraordinary play depicts a chilling world where everyone is at war, and not even the birds in the trees or the river below can be trusted. 

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 3f
  • Duration


    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

This hour long futuristic nightmare envisions a world where the promise of violence broods and nothing is to be trusteed. Written by the celebrated author of Top Girls and Cloud Nine, this innovative work consists of three brief scenes. In the first, a young girl spending her first night in her new guardian's house witnesses a bloody slaughter. Next, the girl, now grown, is spending her first day working in a hat factory. There, she and a young man concoct funny and elaborate hats that are to be worn for a horrific purpose. In the final scene, the boy and girl, now wed, are seeking refuge from a global conflict even the animals are on one side or another.

Far Away must be performed on it's own, as a single evening of theatre.
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"Ravishing, deeply disturbing .... Has the picturesque form and gentle rhythms of a fairy tale. There is an uncommon density and sureness of purpose.... Each carefully chosen detail seems to vibrate with unsettled depths. And each summons anxieties both primal and mercilessly particular to the times in which we live.... With each new play, Ms. Churchill seems to come up with new rhythms and language to match, in exhilarating theatrical terms, what are scarcely trivial subjects." - The New York Times, Read More 

"...brilliant...this play feels more resonant than ever." The Guardian, Read More


Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Additional Features: No intermission


1m, 3f
YOUNG JOAN - a girl
HARPER - her aunt
TODD - a young man
JOAN - the older version of the character in the first scene.
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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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Far Away premiered at the Royal COurt Theatre in London in November of 2000 under the direction of Stephen Daldry.

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