Elizabeth Dalgleish and Rebecca Burton in “Revisioning.” Photo by Sam Steadman.
a 50-minute historical drama in English, set on a convict ship from Britain to Canada, Nineteenth Century,
• © 1998 by Hope McIntyre; in Hope McIntyre’s Revisioning (Spiritwood, Saskatchewan, Canada: One Act Play Depot, 2002), ISBN 1894910265, 47 pp.; • script/rights available from One Act Play Depot, Box 335, Spiritwood, Saskatchewan S0J 2M0, Canada, telephone (home) 306-883-3130, fax 775-249-8151, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. • Cited by Hope McIntyre, via ftp, October 26, 2002; McIntyre says,
§ Dramatis Personae Molly Jenkins (f), 16, naif; Irene Davis (f), 21, whore; Sarah Roberts (f), 26, pragmatic nurturer.
§ Synopsis “Three women are brought together on a convict ship traveling to the New World. After great hardship, only one finds a new life at the end of the journey.”—http://www.eye.net/demo/print.asp, accessed October 30, 2002.
§ Another Synopsis “Molly's journey begins with great hope of her new life, Sarah has been taken against her while and forced to leave her life behind, Rene has no illusions that as a convict her life will be much the same. All three are transformed throughout the months on board and find that their lives are changed forever.”—http://www.geocities.com/sarasvatiinc/shows.html, accessed October 30, 2002.
§ Comment “One scene, with slides. This piece uses movement and a unique theatrical structure in order to examine parts of the past that are not taught in history classes. • Premiered by Sarasvati Productions at the Alumnae Theatre Studio, 70 Berkeley, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (416-617-6020), September, 1999.”—http://www.eye.net/demo/print.asp, accessed October 30, 2002. • “Originally read before an audience in 1998, REVISIONING was first produced as part of the Festival of Original Theatre in Toronto and then given a three week performance run at the Alumnae Theatre Studio in 1999. Sarasvàti Productions will be organising a school tour of this production in the over the next year.”—http://www.geocities.com/sarasvatiinc/shows.html, accessed October 30, 2002. • “If ‘Revisioning’ is to be believed, history—as learned in schools and depicted on television—tells only a fraction of the story. . . . Hope McIntyre\s play . . . tells the grim story of the women (convicts and ‘volunteers’) sent to be wives and slaves in the New World colonies. With slide projections serving as the backdrop (an effective technique providing a palpable, alternative truth to the familiar images of childhood history classes), the three women . . . play out their individual stories in a series of tableaux. . . . Molly is a naive girl who chooses to go to the colonies rather than be a burden on her brother and his wife. Sarah is the pragmatic nurturer, wrongly interned and sent to Nova Scotia, while Irene is the tough-as-nails whore, born in prison and destined for the gallows, given a reprieve as a wife of the New World. . . . The trio spend three months on a boat, ironically named Charity, and grow to like each other in spite of their obvious differences. . . .—Joanne Huffa.”—http://www.eye.net/demo/print.asp, accessed October 30, 2002. • Research could include Kathleen E. Woodiwiss’ Petals on the River (New York: Morrow,William & Company, 1998), ISBN 038079828X, 560 pp.
§ Themes 1800s, convict ship, hardship, historical drama, immigration, journey, new life, New World, prison, prostitution.
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