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Playing For TimeStories of Lost Children, Ghosts and the Endangered Present in Contemporary Theatre$
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Geraldine Cousin

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719061974

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719061974.001.0001

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The Skriker's progeny

The Skriker's progeny

(p.93) 6 The Skriker's progeny
Playing For Time

Geraldine Cousin

Manchester University Press

Caryl Churchill's combination of technical experimentation and acute sensitivity to current social and political concerns has frequently been remarked upon. One innovative aspect of her work that has received little attention, however, is the radical use she makes of the fairy story and the whodunnit. The Skriker, Far Away and A Number, rely on the in-built expectations within these forms of an unambiguous resolution of difficulties, which Churchill is then able to subvert. In The Skriker, she reconfigures fairy stories in order to create her own dramatic parable about the imminence of ecological disaster. Far Away and A Number utilise the apparent simplicities of the whodunnit to explore complex notions of culpability.

Keywords:   Caryl Churchill, fairy story, whodunnit, The Skriker, Far Away, A Number

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