The Occupation of Heather Rose: Stellar

            

So Wendy Lill’s play (recommended by I.) is terrific! It’s just the one speaking character, Heather, recounting her experiences going to work as a nurse on a reserve and the sort of turn around she feels from idealistic saviour to soul crushingly implicated colonizer.

It’s a short one – 60 pages or so – yet full of sincere punches and dramatic (ha!) turns as the reader/audience finds themselves implicated in a similar sort of uncritical optimism about “saving” and then comes to confront their involvement and responsibility for both doing nothing and doing far too much.

Go read it! Or better still, if you can find a production, go see it!

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