Mad Forest

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  40any gender (adult)

Mad Forest
by Caryl Churchill

"Churchill's strengths are evident: her sharp, unpredictable eye, her inventiveness, her unsentimental sympathy." - London Times

"Bristles with the intelligence and insight of a major writer." - Financial Times

"Brilliantly …

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    Cast Size
    40any gender (adult)


This timely drama resulted from a trip to Romania. Developed with students from London's Central School of Drama, this is an incisive portrait of society in turmoil that focuses on two families to reveal what life is like under a totalitarian regime and what results when the regime collapses. The play's brief scenes are almost cinematic in their presentation of events as seen by ordinary people trying to live in peace.
40 characters, may be played by a cast of 11.
  • Time Period 1980s
  • Setting Various interior and exterior settings.


"The work is speedy, poetic, urgent and electrifying ... The trial and execution of the Ceausescus is done as a sickening revue sketch, an indicator of the double-edged, sceptical tone throughout. A triumph! The future of our theatre, if not that of Romania, is secure." - Observer

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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 Sund ...

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