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The Shape of a Girl, a stirring play by Joan MacLeod, explores many aspects of the troubling psychological phenomena that led to the assault and murder of a real-life Canadian teenager named Reena Virk.
In a disturbing event that garnered much media attention in 1997, Virk, who was 14, was beaten by seven fellow teenage girls and one boy. According to published accounts, she was subsequently murdered by the boy and one of the girls. MacLeod’s play doesn’t deal directly with the incident, but rather with the dilemma of a fictional girl named Braidie, who writes an imaginary letter that struggles to come to grips with the killing of a teenage girl.
The play also serves as a discussion starter for teenage audiences, attempting to relate to the kinds of social pressures they face on a daily basis.
The Shape of a Girl will be performed at the River Run Centre in Guelph on November 4th, as part of their Theatre for Young Audiences series.
The holiday season is upon us, and perhaps you are considering giving the gift of a good book! Here are the most lovely and readable and immediately compelling books we have produced recently to help you in your quest. Order soon to have them delivered in the next couple of weeks! (And did you know that ours come nicely packaged?)Tuesday December 3, 2013 in Meta-Talon
by Chloë Filson
In a recent Meta-Talon article, “Reflections on Regionalism,” Megan Jones referred to the “quietly profound writers that dwell in far-off corners and dense urban hotbeds of this vast country.” This description points to one of the most important – or at least one of the most critically discussed – tensions in Canadian literature: urban vs. rural.Thursday November 28, 2013 in Meta-Talon
Tuesday November 26, 2013 in Meta-Talon
“With this magazine cover, I know it’s only a prototype, but with this cover, we decided to concentrate on the mole. This may look to you and me like an ordinary, and might I add rather famous, mole on a human face. Yet if we were to make that assumption, we would both be making a rather naive supposition.”
Candy blinked and stifled a yawn.
“Because,” roared F with wild eyes, nearly startling Candy out of her seat, “the mole is not a real mole at all!”
“Okay, Doc, I believe you. Just chill, okay.”
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