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Drama Canadian


by (author) Trina Davies

Playwrights Canada Press
Initial publish date
May 2008
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Anna MacLean is a teenager, thrilled with her new diary, ripe with the promise of youth, and flush with excitement at all of the handsome soldiers in the streets of Halifax. Though Anna's mother and her best friend Elsie Schultz talk of the war, Anna can only think about whether the young man at the door enforcing the blackout order thought she was pretty. The next morning the world collapses. As a community tries to find someone to blame, four characters search through the rubble for something true. Lyrical and shockingly relevant to our post-9/11 world, Shatter is an examination of the cycles of fear.

About the author

Trina Davies is a playwright based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Trina’s award-winning plays include Shatter, Multi User Dungeon, The Auction, The Bone Bridge, and Waxworks. Her play The Romeo Initiative was a finalist for Canada’s top literary prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama in 2012 and was the winner of the National Enbridge Prize for Established Artist. Her plays have been performed across Canada and in a number of other countries including the United States, Germany, Italy, and India. Her work has been translated into Italian and German. She has participated in artist residencies at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Playwrights Theatre Centre, and the Bella Vita Playwrights Retreat in Italy. She is currently working towards the world premieres of her plays Waxworks and Ambrose Small: An Extravagantly Musical, Mysteriously Grand Ghost Story (The Grand Theatre, 2020). She is also working on The Bone Bridge, recent winner of the Woodward International Playwriting Prize, which had its academic premiere at the University of New Hampshire in October 2017. Trina is a member of the Alberta Playwrights Network and the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

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  • Short-listed, 13th St Repertory Theatre New Works of Merit
  • Short-listed, International Dramatic Literature Prize
  • Short-listed, Prism International Residency Prize
  • Winner, Alberta Theatre Projects 24 Playwriting Competition

Editorial Reviews

"Trina Davies should be commended for weaving an intricate story around a tragic portion of Nova Scotia history… haunting and riveting… a must-see production!!" —Amherst Citizen

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