Caryl Churchill's short play explores the impact of the death of a partner.
"What If, If Only", directed by James Macdonald, reflects on possibilities, love and loss. Caryl Churchill is considered to be one of Britain's most important and influential playwrights, best known for the highly acclaimed "Top Girls". Her work is known for its sharp exploration of the personal within the political.
Trust Caryl Churchill to pack more meaty matter into 20 minutes than most playwrights manage in two hours. Her surreal new short covers nothing less than bereavement, time and the universe – and does so with dizzying complexity.
As ever with Churchill, the meaning of her work probably isn’t that simple; like the multiverse, there are infinite possibilities for interpretation. Beautifully, sensitively, Macdonald’s production honours that ambiguity...