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|Runaway Success for Far Away
- Churchill's unusual drama seduces the West End
CARYL CHURCHILL's play Far Away transfers to the Albery on Jan 18 after a sell-out run upstairs at the Royal Court. Stephen Daldry directs the production following his successful film debut Billy Elliot.
Nightmarish and apocalyptic, Far Away tells of a girl's experiences in her aunt's hillside retreat where nothing is as innocent as it seems. True to her earlier hits Serious Money, Top Girls, and Blue Heart, Churchill's innovatively structured drama keeps a finger on the pulse of post-Thatcher Britain.
The transfer marks a shift on the part of the West End towards supporting new writing. Following modern playwright Peter Ackroyd's The Mystery of Charles Dickens, the Albery will adapt to recreate the intimacy of the smaller space in which Churchill's play made its debut. At a mere 45 minutes, Far Away is the shortest work the Albery has ever programmed.