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@ gmail.com or phone 506-5361264 to reserve a seat.