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Caryl Churchill (1938–) was born in England but her family moved to Montreal, Canada when she was ten years old. On her return, she studied English at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. While there she wrote Downstairs (1958), Having a Wonderful Time (1960), and Easy Death (1962). Churchill then continued to write while raising her three children, having a number of plays on radio in the 1960s and 1970s. Her first professional stage play, Owners, was produced at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1972 and Objections to Sex and Violence in 1974.