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Escaped Alone

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  4f

Three old friends and a neighbour. A summer of afternoons in the back yard. Tea and catastrophe. Caryl Churchill's convention-defying play juxtaposes backyard tea with environmental disaster, exploring themes of politics, crisis, communication and female endurance.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4f
  • Duration
    Duration
    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Experimental
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult
Accolades
Accolades
  • Winner! 2017 Writers' Guild Awards, Best Play
Licence details
  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
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Summary

"I'm walking down the street and there's a door in the fence open and inside there are three women I've seen before."

Three old friends and a neighbour. A summer of afternoons in the back yard. Tea and catastrophe. Caryl Churchill's convention-defying play juxtaposes backyard tea with environmental disaster, exploring themes of politics, crisis, communication and female endurance.

History
Escaped Alone premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in January 2016 under the direction of James Macdonald.
Cast Attributes
  • All Female
  • Parts for Senior Actors
Keywords
Performing Groups
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
SALLY - at least 70
VI - at least 70
LENA - at least 70
MRS. JARRETT - at least 70
  • Time Period Contemporary
  • Setting Sally's backyard. Summer afternoon. A number of afternoons but the action is continuous.
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Additional Features No intermission
  • Duration 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes

Media

★★★★★ “It’s hard to imagine you’ll come across a more brilliant play this year.” – Time Out

CRITIC'S PICK! “The play’s combination of theatrical technique and untrammeled imagination, and of the personal and the universal, make you understand why Ms. Churchill is regarded by many (rightly, I think) as the most dazzlingly inventive living dramatist in the English language.” – The New York Times

★★★★★ “Caryl Churchill’s magnificent new play unleashes an intricate, elliptical, acutely female view of the apocalypse. Revolutionary.” – The Observer

★★★★ “This is Churchill at her best.” – The Guardian

★★★★ “It packs a formidable charge.” – Financial Times

★★★★★ “Caryl Churchill is a phenomenon. She remains not only prolific but also immensely inventive.” – The Arts Desk

★★★★ “James Macdonald directs with his usual alertness, as the trivial keeps giving way to the consequential, and small mercies to huge terrors.” – The Sunday Times

★★★★ “Her funniest play to date.” – What’s On Stage

Videos

  • Escaped Alone at BAM

  • Escaped Alone - Royal Court Theatre Promo

  • Escaped Alone - Signature Theatre

  • Holly Twyford on Escaped Alone

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Authors

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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