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The Finborough Theatre Presents the World Premiere of Caryl Churchill's The Hospital at the Time of the Revolution

Published by: Carolin Kopplin on 25th Mar 2013 | View all blogs by Carolin Kopplin


I wouldn't forget a man I'd tortured.

UrgentTheatre in connection with the Finborough Theatre present the world premiere of Caryl Churchill's 1972 play, inspired by the life and work of Frantz Fanon (1925-1961), the Martinique-born psychiatrist, philosopher, revolutionary and writer whose best known works include Black Skin, White Masks and his masterpiece The Wretched of the Earth.

Algeria, 1956 – a country is desperately fighting for independence from French colonial rule. Frantz Fanon is head of the psychiatric department of the Blida-Joinville hospital in Algiers, treating both oppressed and oppressor, but it is hard to tell who the real victims are. A civil servant takes his psychologically disturbed daughter to the hospital for assessment and insists on her admittance. An inspector demands treatment for his impotent violence against his own wife and child. Three in-patient revolutionaries are delusional and paranoid. The Hospital At The Time Of The Revolution is a forensic insight into the adjustment of morality for the sake of conscience.

UrgentTheatre was founded in 2011 to produce and champion the short play. Their object is to produce writing by established authors from across the world that are neglected or unperformed simply because of their length. So far, UrgentTheatre has produced ten short plays – five by the 2012 Wellcome Trust Award-winning Al Smith and five by the Samuel French Short Play Award finalist Bekah Brunstetter. Each of these plays were given presented at Southwark Playhouse, Arcola Theatre and Theatre503.

The show is playing for a limited run from 31 March 2013.

By Carolin Kopplin

Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED
Box Office 0844 847 1652 Book online at
Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 31 March, 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 April 2013
Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm. Tuesday matinees at 2.00pm.
Tickets £14, £10 concessions.

Performance Length: Approximately one hour with no interval.



  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 5 years ago
    Thanks, Carolin. This looks like an exciting production AND company! One to watch, I'll bet.

    Congratulations on posting your 250th Review for !! A great achievement. Thanks for all your hard work. Our coverage in London would not be the same without you!
  • Carolin Kopplin
    by Carolin Kopplin 5 years ago
    Thank you.
    Actually I did more because I started out covering the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh but didn't publish any of them myself so I don't think they show up.
  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 5 years ago
    Now that's just showing off ... :-) LOL
  • Carolin Kopplin
    by Carolin Kopplin 5 years ago
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