In 1972, her first professional play for the theatre, Owners, premiered. In 2009, CarylLesley Gaza roused controversy. In 1957, Churchill returned to England for school. While studying English Literature in the University of Oxford’s Lady Margaret Hall, Churchill wrote three plays—Downstairs, Having a Wonderful Time and Simple Departure—all of which were created and performed by Oxford’s theatrical troupes. When Churchill graduated in 1960, she made a decision to stay in London.
Throughout the 1960s and ’70s, Churchill composed radio and television plays for the BBC Network. Churchill’s radio scripts, such as the Ants, Lovesick and Abortive, consisted of brief scenes, rapid setting changes and an intimate storytelling tone, which added especially nicely to the medium. Among Churchill’s best known television plays is The Judge’s Wife, printed in 1973, and again in Shorts in 1990. While writing plays for radio and television, Churchill was also raising a household. In 1961, Churchill married David Harter. On the duration of the 1960s, the couple had three sons.
In 1972, Churchill’s first professional play for the theatre, entitled Owners, premiered at London’s Royal Court Theater. In 1974, Churchill became Resident Dramatist of the Royal Court, for just one year. Well into the 1980s, Churchill worked with numerous theater companies, including Joint Stock and Monstrous Regiment, creating such works as Cloud Nine, and A Mouthful of Birds, co-composed with David Lan. Churchill’s theatrical works with that time earned her three Obie Awards, as well as a Society of West End Theatre Award in 1988.
As the 1990s approached, Churchill’s work started to take on a more ethereal quality, while also continuing to investigate sexual politics from a feminist position. Churchill’s 1991 play, Lives of the distinguished Prisoners, was an experiment in kind, as Churchill- in collaboration with composer Orlando Gough and choreographer Ian Spink—integrated dancing, mime and singing into her script.
In 2000 Churchill’s play, Far Away, made its debut in the Royal Court, in the hands of illustrious director Stephen Daldry. In 2005, Churchill revamp of August Strindberg’s A Dream Play made its approach to the stage of the National Theater. Regardless of the negative press, in 2010, Churchill was honored by Surrey’s Royal Holloway College when its new theatre was named after her. In recent news, Churchill participated in the New York Theater Workshop through the 2013-2014 season, with her new dramatic play, Love and data, which opened in February 2014.