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Palace of the End

by (author) Judith Thompson

Playwrights Canada Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2007
Women Authors, Canadian
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A searing triptych of three monologues all exposing the ugly truth behind the headlines of the Iraq War.

Based around the lives of three distinct characters—a young soldier imprisoned for her misconduct at a prison camp in Iraq, a microbiologist-cum-weapons inspector who exposes the false justifications for war, and a mother/political opponent of Saddam Hussein—Palace of the End details the reality of the war in Iraq from three unique perspectives. With its emphasis on the human voice and power of the soul in the midst of a destructive war, each account is a riveting and brilliantly portrayed indictment of one of the contemporary world's worst conflicts.

About the author


Judith Thompson is a two-time winner of the Governor Generalâ??s Literary Award for White Biting Dog and The Other Side of the Dark. In 2006 she was invested as an Officer in the Order of Canada and in 2008 she was awarded the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her play Palace of the End. Judith is a professor of drama at the University of Guelph and lives with her husband and five children in Toronto.



Judith Thompson's profile page


  • Winner, Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, General Theatre Division
  • Winner, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award for Drama

Editorial Reviews

"Palace of the End… never crosses the line of abject moralizing. The issues are presented as theatre; the voice is focused, commanding. The truth is a catharsis for redemption."

Tolucan Times

"Perspectives on Iraq vividly staged."

Studio City Sun

"Judith Thompson paints a richly textured portrait…. Thompson defiantly scrapes to the marrow of opposing camps, offering a lament that is theological and tragic and contains a rare, eerie beauty."

LA Weekly

"Palace of the End raises the bar… beautifully specific writing… packs a mean punch… as quietly unforgettable as it is purposely rending."

LA Times Critics Choice

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