Jennifer Wilkinson

Love and Information

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Caryl Churchill's new play at the Royal Court Theatre, London, until 13 October

Formally innovative as ever, in her new play at London's Royal Court theatre, Caryl Churchill continues to push the boundaries. Love and Information parades 100 different characters across 58 thematically linked scenes through their focus on information, identity, memory and love.

A top playwright

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Caryl Churchill is one of the most important playwrights of modern times, writes Jennifer Wilkinson

From women's oppression to stock market greed, Caryl Churchill frequently uses theatre to intervene in the political arena. Her play Seven Jewish Children was a powerful response to Israel's massacre of people in Gaza in early 2009. A self-described "political event" in ten minutes, she punctures the Zionist narrative of self defence and dramatically heightens the viewer's moral outrage at the continuing oppression of the Palestinians. Churchill has made it clear that the play may be performed by anyone for free, as long as a collection is taken for the people of Gaza.

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