Far Away by Caryl Churchill

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About the Play

Caryl Churchill has been at the forefront of world theatre for three decades. With plays such as Cloud Nine, Serious Money, Mad Forest and Blue Heart she has simultaneously taken the political pulse of the times and stretched our notions of what a play can be. Her miniature masterpiece Far Away once again defies category and precedent.

Set in an unnamed totalitarian state in the near future, Far Away draws disturbingly on our recent memories of conflict - Bosnia? Northern Ireland? Iraq? - and combines this with an Alice in Wonderland fantasy world in which the familiar is made strange and the strange, familiar. Marked - as always - by Churchill's brilliant and evocative language, the play climaxes in one of the most remarkable soliloquies in modern theatre. Far Away is an exhilarating challenge to the mind and emotions.

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Cast & Creatives

Starring Angela Punch McGregor with Katie Dorman, Stuart Halusz, Catherine Moore and Freya Tingley

Directed by John Sheedy

Set & Costume Design by Bryan Woltjen Lighting Design by Matthew Marshall Sound Design by Kingsley Reeve


"Black Swan's production team excels in the wordless tableau in which doomed prisoners are forced to parade in the grotesque hats. Catherine Moore nicely conveys the pert self-interest of youth." The Australian

"Black Swan Theatre Company has risen to the challenge of presenting world-class theatre with extraordinary local talent." Post Newspaper

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