About the Author

Emil Sher

Born and raised in Montreal, Emil Sher taught English at a secondary school in rural Botswana before returning to Canada to pursue a degree in creative writing. He has written professionally ever since, in a variety of genres, including stage plays, radio dramas, short fiction, essays, and childrenâ??s television. He is particularly drawn to character-driven stories, narratives fuelled by individuals struggling to navigate their way through a world rarely of their own making. His works for stage include the adaptation of Hanaâ??s Suitcase, Mourning Dove, Derailed, and Sanctuary. His radio plays have been broadcast around the world, and three have been collected in Making Waves. Emil lives in Toronto with his wife and two daughters but spends summers (and as many weekends as he can squeeze in) in Morin Heights, Quebec.

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A Pebble Story

A Pebble Story

by Emil Sher
illustrated by Cindy Revell
edition:Hardcover
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Making Waves

Making Waves

Three Radio Plays
edition:Paperback
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Things That Go Bump
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from foreword by Kit Brennan

Things that Go Bump, Volume 2 : Plays for Young Audiences is a collection of recent Canadian plays for elementary school age audiences; it is a companion volume to Things that Go Bump, Volume 1: Plays for Young Adults.

These six plays are road and audience-tested, seasoned by professional and touring productions covering most of Canada’s provinces and into the United States. Through humour and great characters, the scripts explore large issues with an entertaining verve.

Three of the plays (Lig & Bittle, Bluenose and Under the Big Top) employ the art of clowningâ��in various ingenious manifestationsâ��to explore large themes of longing and belonging. Two of the plays (The Secret Life of the Octopus and The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh) take place in the child’s real-life world of school and home, but follow them beyond and into the world of imagination and exploration. A Giraffe in Paris is based on a real event in the early nineteenth century, and whisks the audience into a travel adventure. Cast size for the plays varies from two to four actors.

The playwrights reside in Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver; as well as writing for young audiences, they also write for film and television, they are directors and actors, they teach at universities and other professional training schools. The theatre companies which workshopped, commissioned and/or produced and toured the plays are based across Canada; these fine companies include Black Theatre Workshop (Montreal), Carousel Players (St. Catharines), Citadel Theatre (Edmonton), Concrete Theatre (Edmonton), Geordie Productions (Montreal), National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Neptune Theatre (Halifax), Persephone Theatre (Saskatoon), Quest Theatre (Calgary), Roseneath Theatre (Toronto), and Theatre New Brunswick (Fredericton).

Everyone involved in theatre for young audiences will speak of the wonderful sense of fun it generatesâ��and also of the exciting honesty of the audience. If they love it, they’ll tell you so; if they’re bored, you’ll know it. I asked each writer to talk about their experience writing this play, why and how it came about, what happened in the play’s evolution, and how it has been received by the young people for whom it was created. These notes by the writers can be found at the end of each script.

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Young Man with Camera
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Excerpt from Young Man with Camera

This is not a fire hydrant.

It's a photograph of a fire hydrant. And the truth is, a hydrant

isn't always a hydrant.

Sometimes it's a perch.

I stood on my perch to take a picture of Ruby. Ruby is Mr. Lam's daughter. Mr. Lam is the owner of McCreary's Corner Store, which is a lie, since the store is in the middle of the block and should be called McCreary's Nowhere-Near-the-Corner Store. Most of the time, when Mr. Lam is inside, scanning the aisles for shoplifters, Ruby is outside, drawing pictures with chalk.

Once Ruby knows what she's going to draw, it's a short walk between decide and done. I took a bunch of photographs to add to my Sidewalk Series. That's what I call my pictures of Ruby and her sidewalk drawings. Ruby crouched on one spot. Ruby blowing chalk dust. Ruby carefully tracing a line.

She was adding another leaf to a beanstalk (no Jack) and I was on my perch when I heard them. Ryan, Jared, and Med are a thunderandblack-cloud combination. You know a storm is coming before a drop of rain hits the ground.

 

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Young Man With Camera
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Wanna take another picture? I shook my head and kept walking. Want me to take yours? I stopped. Lemme take your picture. I've taken thousands of pictures of other people. This was the first time someone had asked to take a picture of me. Why? I asked. Lucy started to laugh. This wasn't bow-and-arrow laughter where I'm the target. This wasn't nail-and-hammer laughter where I'm the plank. This wasn't the sour laughter I'd heard before. This laughter was thick gravy you pour over platefuls of grief to disguise the taste. She looked at me with her gray-teeth grin and said, Why not?

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Prepare To Embark

Prepare To Embark

Six Theatrical Voyages for Young Audiences
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