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In 1989, Michael Boyd (then director of the Tron Theatre in Glasgow, now director at the Royal Shakespeare Company) staged his acclaimed British premiere of The Guid Sisters (Les Belles Soeurs) by the great Québécois playwright Michel Tremblay. It has come to be seen as a defining moment in the modern history of Scottish drama.
The play, in which Germaine invites 14 female friends and family round to her modest apartment to help her stick the million trading stamps she has won into books, was translated beautifully by Martin Bowman and the late Bill Findlay. The east-end Montreal vernacular (known as joual, or ‘horse language’) was seamlessly transformed into a Scots, working-class demotic.
Twenty-three years on from that seminal production, Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum and the National Theatre of Scotland are restaging the drama, with a cast led by Kathryn Howden and Karen Dunbar. Excitingly, it will be directed by leading Québécois director Serge Denoncourt, famous for his work with, among others, Tremblay and Cirque du Soleil.
Last evening at Vancouver Community College (Clark campus), about 130 people celebrated the launch of the book They Called Me Number One, which is currently in second place on the BC Bestsellers list.Wednesday May 22, 2013 in Meta-Talon
Ed Huyck reviewed the play for CityPages.com. A few excerpts follow.Monday May 6, 2013 in Meta-Talon
Ash Tanasiychuk takes pictures. Of Dina Del Bucchia. Nuff said. Oh, and Otters!Monday April 29, 2013 in Meta-Talon
Joanne Arnott interviews Wanda John-Kehewin about her new book In the Dog House:
I can’t really say there were many poets of the past that influenced my writing. I think when I really started to be inspired was when I heard that there were other Native writers, and that wasn’t until I moved to the West Coast in 1991. For some reason I didn’t think it was actually something an “Indian” could do. There weren’t any books in the library that were by First Nations people when I was growing up.
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