Written By Guest Blogger: Victoria Hudson-Muir
Brant Theatre Workshops presents their newest production, Sisters in Solace, in November at the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts. Sisters in Solace is the third production in a World War One trilogy written by Expositor journalist Vincent Ball and directed by Brant Theatre Workshops’ Artistic Director Peter Muir. The trilogy focuses on the experiences of Brantford, the County of Brant and Six Nations residents during World War One. Sisters in Solace takes place in the aftermath of the First World War and is centered around two women – one from Brantford, the other from Six Nations – who experience comfort in the sharing of their war-time memories. Together, these two women find peace from war, and discover reconciliation from sharing their experiences with each other.
The play is a characteristic example of Brant Theatre Workshops’ latest offerings, which focus on combining local heritage with indigenous and non-indigenous representation. Under Muir’s leadership, three years ago the company developed a mandate to include 50% indigenous artists in their productions. Ball’s inspiration for Sisters in Solace came from interviews with Paula Whitlow of Woodland Cultural Centre, where he was introduced to the sacrifices of Indigenous soldiers in the First World War (specifically soldiers from Six Nations). It was from these interviews with Whitlow and further research into other wartime stories upon which Ball based Sisters in Solace.
The play is presented at the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts on Monday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $35.00 plus tax. There is also a matinee performance on Tuesday, November 6 at 1:00 p.m. with tickets priced at $12.00 plus tax. The venue is fully accessible and accessible parking is also available. To purchase tickets, call the Sanderson Centre box office at 1-800-265-0710 or locally at 519-758-8090.
If you go…
WHAT: Sisters in Solace
WHERE: Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts
WHEN: Monday November 5 – 7:00pm / Tuesday November 6 – 1:00pm
HOW MUCH: $35 plus tax / $12 plus tax