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Caryl Churchill, widely recognised as one of the top contemporary British dramatists, has written plays for radio, television, and the stage. Many of her plays are developed in workshop settings, in collaboration with theatre groups, composers, and choreographers. Her work often explores gender or class issues from a socialist-feminist perspective. Churchill is also noted for her innovative experiments with theatrical form through techniques such as the juxtaposition of historical and contemporary settings, cross-gender and cross-racial casting, overlapping dialogue, and absurdist word play. Her later plays have focused increasingly on language.
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3 September 1938 CC was born in London; she was an only child. Bibliographic Citation link.
1958-59 CC's first work to be performed, a one-act play entitled "Downstairs", ran at Oriel College at Oxford and then at a national student drama festival in London. Bibliographic Citation link.
28 August 1982 CC's critically acclaimed feminist drama Top Girls premièred at the Royal Court Theatre. Bibliographic Citation link.
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