REVIEW: Far Away/Seagulls – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow


Set in a dystopian society, Caryl Churchill’s Far Away is an unsettling and darkly comic play that changed the landscape of contemporary theatre. A decade after its London premiere, it continues to powerfully resonate with world events today. 

When a young girl wakes in the night at her aunt and uncle’s house, she hears and sees things no child could forget.

Driven by fear and teetering on the brink of self-destruction, society has lost all moral bearings and nature has turned on itself. The wasps have been killing horses, the cats have come in on the side of the French and it’s hard to know whom to trust.

Seagulls is a short play about a woman who has the unusual gift of being able to move objects by power of thought.

If theatre’s only purpose is to provoke discussion and leave you with a raft of unanswered questions then Far Away and Seagulls more than fulfills that.

As always at the Citizens, this is a showcase for innovation, originality and brave artist direction – a masterclass in cutting edge theatre practice.

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