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Caryl Churchill

(b. 1938) English dramatist

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(1938– ),

playwright, born in London, and educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Most of her plays, predominantly radical and feminist in tone, have been performed at the Royal Court Theatre, in association with the English Stage Company. They include Owners (1972, pub. 1973), Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (1976, pub. 1978), and Cloud Nine (1979, pub. 1979). Top Girls (1982), with an all‐female cast, explores the changing social, sexual, and financial expectations of British women in the 1980s, and contrasts them with historical attitudes and with contemporary American aspirations. Serious Money (1987), written largely in spirited rhyming verse, evokes the ruthless greed, buoyant materialism, changing culture, and cynicism of the financial world in the monetarist 1980s. Other plays include Softcops (1984, with an all‐male cast), A Mouthful of Birds (1986), Ice Cream (1989), Hot Fudge (1989), Mad Forest (1990), The Skriker (1994), Blue Heart (1997), Far Away (2000), and Drunk Enough To Say I Love You? (2006).

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