Caryl Churchill

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Over the course of a career spanning more than 60 years, the playwright Caryl Churchill, born in 1938, has created a substantial, impactful and a distinctly engaging body of work. The diversity of its form reflects the diversity of her subject matter: Churchill addresses issues that are social, humane, scientific and political in nature. In the 1970s, she began to write from a feminist perspective, which she does to this day. At around the same time, she began exploring gender and sex, racism and colonialism. Later, her work confronts financial capitalism, using the City of London as an example. In her numerous plays, Churchill keenly scrutinises various power structures. Her award-winning work, which continually breaks with theatrical conventions, challenges critics and audiences alike. Her writing has influenced generations of British playwrights.