Play­wright Wendy Lill to speak on The Fight­ing Days


Canada is blessed with many fine play­wrights, plays that have truly touched so­ci­ety in deep ways and of­ten chal­lenged our think­ing on a va­ri­ety of sub­jects.

The Mar­itime Prov­inces is home to many of these skilled play­wrights, and Wendy Lill is one of those. Lo­cal res­i­dents are in­vited to a spe­cial gath­er­ing Oct. 17, where Lill will talk about her play, The Fight­ing Days, con­cern­ing Women’s suf­frage and the ef­fect of the First World War on women. The play opens in Sackville Oct. 24 as the fall of­fer­ing by The Per­form­ers’ Theatre Co.

Lill has had an ex­ten­sive ca­reer in arts and cul­ture, not only as a play­wright, but as a screen­writer, ra­dio drama­tist and doc­u­men­tary­maker, a jour­nal­ist and as a politi­cian with the NDP party. She served in Par­lia­ment as her party’s Cul­ture and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Critic as well as ad­vo­cate for hu­man rights, chil­dren, youth and peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties, from 1997 to 2004.

She won two ACTRA awards for doc­u­men­taries she pro­duced for CBC Ra­dio and her plays have been nom­i­nated for var­i­ous awards over the years, in­clud­ing the Gov- er­nor Gen­eral Award. Sis­ters, which dra­ma­tizes the hu­man dev­as­ta­tion caused by a con­vent- run, na­tive res­i­den­tial school, re­ceived the La­batt’s Cana­dian Play Award and her adap­ta­tion of Sis­ters for tele­vi­sion earned her a Gem­ini Award in 1992.

Her first play was On the Line in 1979 which was about a strike by im­mi­grant women work­ing in the gar­ment in­dus­try in Win­nipeg. From there she went on the pen nine more plays in­clud­ing The Glace Bay Min­ers Mu­seum, which was staged by Mount Al­li­son’s for­mer Wind­sor Theatre. Her plays are of­ten com­men­taries on the lives of marginal­ized Cana­di­ans and the ide­olo­gies and con­vic­tions that are shaped by his­tory and me­mory. They have been per­formed across Canada as well as over­seas.

The pre­sen­ta­tion by Lill in at The Per­form­ers’ Theatre Com­pany at the cor­ner of Fairfield and Queens roads at 4 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 17. Lill will talk about The Fight­ing Days, read­ing an ex­cerpt from the play and will be avail­able for ques­tions.

There is no charge for this, but seats are lim­ited, so email: per­form­er­sthe­atre­sackville@ or phone 506-5361264 to re­serve a seat.

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