Seagulls

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DOI: 10.5040/9781784602345.10000115
Roles: Male (2) , Female (1) , Neutral (0)

Seagulls is a short play written by Caryl Churchill in 1978, before Cloud Nine, but not performed until many years later. In her Introduction to Caryl Churchill: Shorts (Nick Hern Books, 1990), she writes that the play 'felt too much as if it was about not being able to write for me to want it done at the time'.

The play received a reading as part of a series of events alongside the premiere of Churchill's play A Number at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 2002. A full production was mounted in 2013 at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, as part of a double bill with her play Far Away.

Valery is an ordinary housewife who possesses an extraordinary and unusual gift: the ability to move objects using sheer willpower. She has recently begun to make a showbiz career out of her telekinetic gift, and is on her way to Harvard to submit to testing, along with her hard-headed manager Di. But, after agreeing to meet Cliff, a long-time fan of hers, she senses that something is not right and begins to fear that her powers are waning. Is this the result of meeting Cliff? Or is it because she has become a commodity to be exploited?

From Caryl Churchill: Shorts

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Nick Hern Books

Caryl Churchill

ISBN: 9781854590855

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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