The multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre presents the world premiere of Caryl Churchill’s remarkable 1972 play The Hospital At The Time Of The Revolution.
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 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 who are the real victims?
A civil servant presents his psychologically disturbed daughter to the hospital for assessment and insists on her admittance. An inspector demands treatment for his helpless violence against his own wife and child. Three in-patient revolutionaries are delusional and paranoid. These products of a broken society are beginning to show symptoms, how should they be treated?
The Hospital At The Time Of The Revolution is a forensic insight into the adjustment of morality for the sake of conscience.
Caryl Churchill gratefully acknowledges that the play draws material from The Wretched of The Earth by Frantz Fanon, “Les Damnes De La Terre”, c Editions La Decouverte, Paris, France.