Posted: Thursday August 19, 2010
With her play Doc, Sharon Pollock appears to confirm the theory by Marcel Proust that a neurotic makes the best physician, since only this person is attentive and understanding enough to treat himself, and therefore others. However, said physician must suffer from what they are actively trying to cure.
In Making Theatre: A Life of Sharon Pollock, Sherrill Grace has written the story of Pollock’s life from her family roots in New Brunswick through her pioneering years as a Canadian playwright to the present as she continues to make theatre. Pollock’s semi-autobiographical play Doc makes it clear how close to home many of her earlier plays are, as the audience is visited by a version of her own personal “ghost story”.
Pollock makes a rather intriguing remark about the role of reality in fiction:
I always say that the realities of life are the flour and eggs and vanilla a playwright puts into the cake that she’s baking. And when it’s all finished, who can taste the flour and eggs and vanilla anymore? It’s all about the cake itself.
Doc recipient of the Chalmers Canadian Play Award and the Governor General’s Award for Drama, is being revived by Soulpepper in a production that runs from August 19 to September 18.
To purchase tickets, visit the soulpepper web site.
Sharon Pollock has two plays with Talonbooks, Saucy Jack and Walsh.