Alternate Title Blue Kettle, Heart's Desire
Production Language English
Country of Origin England, United Kingdom
Description Blue Heart is a major new work by British playwright Caryl Churchill, "the most playfully and profoundly innovative dramatist in the country" (London Independent). Churchill's exhilarating work, directed by Max Stafford-Clark (The Steward of Christendom), is a dazzling triumph of verbal wit and theatrical invention.
Blue Heart is the umbrella title for two outlandishly funny and surprising one-act plays about separation and reunion. The first play, Heart's Desire, toys with the nature of expectation. As a family awaits the return of their long-absent daughter, their words and actions spiral from reality to absurdity with hilarious consequences. Blue Kettle is a darker and more disturbing tale of a con-man, deception and family bonds. Identities and communication break down as the play progresses, culminating in a devastating ending.
Through theatrical sleights-of-hand which warp both language and time, Churchill and Stafford-Clark render "a riveting production of a strikingly theatrical, cunning and powerfully compassionate work. The play of the year" (London Independent).