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Caryl Churchill has been out of the limelight for too long. She deserves recognition as the pioneering dramatist of our time

By David Benedict   June 2011

Top Girls in New York, 2008

Top Girls Minerva Theatre, Chichester, 23rd June–16th July, touring early 2012

Almost all the praise heaped upon Harold Pinter in the days after his death was, to put it politely, garbage. The loss, apparently, was of a writer whose greatness lay in his outspoken political (and fashionably anti-Blair) agenda. Excuse me, but was that what added the term “Pinteresque” to the language? No. His genius lay not in what he said, but how he said it. Formally, in dialogue and plotting, Pinter changed forever the way that plays were written. Only one living dramatist…

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