DOI: 10.5040/9781784603755.00000002
Scenes: 3.

Caryl Churchill's Here We Go is a short play about death, first performed in the Lyttelton auditorium of the National Theatre, London, on 27 November 2015 (previews from 25 November).

The play is in three parts. The first part, 'Here We Go', takes place at a party after a funeral. An unspecified number of characters (the lines are not attributed to specific characters) reminisce about the dead man in abbreviated, compressed lines of dialogue. The author provides ten speeches, printed together at the end of the scene, that are intended to be inserted 'at random' into the dialogue, as many as are required for each character to have one. The speeches are spoken directly to the audience, and each contains a brief account of the circumstances and timing of the speaker's death. The second part, 'After', is a monologue in which a recently deceased man gives an account of his transition into the afterlife, and expresses his yearning to return to the world of the living to re-experience life. In the third and final part, 'Getting There', a 'very old or ill person' is helped by a carer to get dressed and undressed, repeatedly and without dialogue, 'for as long as the scene lasts'.

An author's note in the published script states that 'The number of actors can vary in different productions. Not fewer than three in the first scene and not more than eight – five or six is probably good. Age and gender can also be decided'.

The National Theatre premiere was directed by Dominic Cooke and designed by Vicki Mortimer. The cast was Madeline Appiah, Susan Engel, Patrick Godfrey, Hazel Holder, Joshua James, Amanda Lawrence, Stuart McQuarrie, Eleanor Matsuura and Alan Williams.

From Here We Go


Nick Hern Books

Caryl Churchill

ISBN: 9781848425194

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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