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Drama Canadian


by (author) Sean Harris Oliver & Raes Calvert

Initial publish date
Mar 2019
Canadian, Historical, Post-Confederation (1867-)
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2019
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This is the story of a Métis soldier fighting for Canada on the Western Front of Europe during World War I. Vancouver 1914: a young Indigenous man named Jonathon Woodrow, desperate to prove himself as a warrior, enlists to fight in the Canadian army. Relying on his experience in hunting and wilderness survival, Private Woodrow quickly becomes one of the most feared trench raiders in the 1st Canadian Division. But as the war stretches on, with no end to the fighting in sight, Woodrow begins to realize that he will never go home again.

A 2017 finalist for the Playwright Guild of Canada’s prestigious Carol Bolt Award for Playwrights, Redpatch focuses on how First Nations soldiers and communities contributed to Canada’s involvement in the First World War.

About the authors

Sean is a Canadian playwright, director, performer and filmmaker. His work has appeared throughout Canada and the US in a variety of arts festivals, public readings and theatre productions. His plays have earned numerous distinctions including being nominated for the 2017 Jessie Richardson Theatre for Outstanding New Script for The Fighting Season. Since 2010 Sean has written, performed and directed plays with Hardline Productions, a Vancouver-based theatre production company that he co-founded with Raes Calvert and Genevieve Fleming. The company converted an office space in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver into a 30-seat black box theatre where they produced numerous artistic works, nightclub parties, and workshops for emerging artists. Sean's other theatre scripts include: Eight Seconds, Bright Blue Future, Redpatch, and The Soldier's Wife. Sean is a graduate of Studio 58, and he avidly enjoys playing beer-league softball.

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Editorial Reviews

"Redpatch is both personal yet universal and borderline mythological. Using dance, myth and mask, Calvert and Oliver have succeeded in asking a question about identity on a dual scale."
Vancouver Presents

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