Posted: Wednesday January 9, 2013
Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout at UFV!

Director Heather Davis-Fisch talks about the University of the Fraser Valley’s production of Tomson Highway’s bittersweet tragicomedy Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout which has a number of performances January 11 through January 21 2013.

The play follows four women of the Shuswap, Okanagan and Thompson nations as they prepare a banquet for the visit of Canadian Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier in 1910. Everything must be perfect: the Saskatoon pies, the stuffed beaver, and Ernestine Shuswap’s famous trout. 100 years of history, from the first contact with Europeans to the time of Sir Laurier’s arrival, are condensed within the time frame of one day. As the day progresses, the women move through a world in transition, as new laws, imposed by the European settlers, create a dreadful chasm between the two communities.

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