Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing. CTE photo. Tomson Highway. Tragi- comedy drama in two acts by Tomson Highway, first produced in. Nominee, Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing tells another story of the mythical Wasaychigan Hill Indian. This article reconsiders the place of hockey within Tomson Highway’s play Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, ultimately arguing that the re-evaluative.

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A Good Night Out: He currently resides in Toronto. This play was really well-written with humour and mkve profound insights into people and power dynamics woven throughout, and heart-wrenchingly honest. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The play has a few arcs that eventually intersect and burst.

Wailing is a wordless cry taken up by the community, and adopted by the female hockey players to mark their own participation in the disruption—a kind of concretizing of the abstract sound of wailing.

Included within this play are various topics which are brushed upon to tease readers and audiences alike, without ever giving up a gratify “Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing” was an alienating read for me. Nick Herns Books, The brutal violence of the play’s most explicit incident had me reeling numbly for a while – but then I saw that there is much subtle brutality to be found throughout the play.

Want to Read saving…. Susan Billingham argues that Dry Lips is replete with the destabilization of gender roles, hockey being the most obvious example. Violence, alcoholism, poverty, fetal alcohol syndrome, and cultural decay are all taken on in a brutally unforgiving way.

Just too much with regards to several things: Linda Hutcheon and Marion Richmond. You are commenting using your Facebook account. On an Indian reserve or “Rez”the men band together to protest an all-girl hockey team. Tomson Highway and the Crisis of Cultural Authenticity.


Wagamese is here tying together the desire to own and dominate the game of hockey with the overarching compulsion to conquer and claim space, cultures, histories, and so on. As Highway has pointed out in an interview:. The colonial culture is reinvented, opened up to transformation by a figure who mkve that very thing, just as hockey, kqpuskasing the level of plot, is adopted and adapted by figures who do not traditionally have access to it.

Dry Lips Oughta Move To Kapuskasing

Life on the reserve is ugly and there are no easy solutions. A collage of cultural references, both Native and non-Native, accompany the unseen hockey lip, underlining its role as a site of intercultural blending. Moreover, as a sport that has been adopted and adapted by First Nove communities, hockey provides an ideal reflection of what Highway is doing with Euro-Canadian dramatic conventions, on a micro-scale, and with colonial traditions and powers, on a macro-scale.

Stickhandling Through the Margins: InLughta magazine named him one of the most important people in Canadian history. He expresses the difficulty of separating the drive for life from the drive for hockey: Mar 25, Julian Simpson rated it really liked it.

In this respect, the players amplify rather than diminish their femininity through the appropriation of hockey. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. As in The Rez Sistersthe Ljps figure, Nanabush, observes and interacts with the characters and the action.

Articles Revolution Night in Canada: This site uses cookies. What marks them as Other, as different, is celebrated within the hockey arena. This is not an easy play.

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Robinson argue that theatre and sporting events are both performances that affect spectators on intellectual, emotional, and even physical levels. I didn’t understand what was going on in certain scenes. The Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia web site was originally conceived and developed in by Gaetan Charlebois—theatre critic, playwright, and actor.


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Big Joey broadcasts over his approved radio station, and Zachary appears with a pie, suggesting that he also is moving forward with his plans for a bakery, first articulated at the beginning of the play; but neither of these initiatives kapuskasinb clear ends.

But it’s one of the least-romanticized views of modern aboriginal life in Canada.

Radical Theatre as Cultural Intervention. As with Trickster, then, change comes with the ability to disrupt and to create. The male characters, for the most part, do not react positively and feel emasculated by this change. Humour here and elsewhere in the play relieves the tension caused by violent conflict; it allows the audience to laugh rather than mourn, and there is the sense that laughter is a more productive place than sorrow. Nanabush is performed as various manifestations of women who embody both the despair and the hope of the Rez: Since OctoberAthabasca University has hosted the web site, with an editorial board of theatre scholars from across Canada.

At an extra-textual level, the presence of Nanabush transforms not just non-Native theatre, but the non-Native worldview by introducing this other mode of perception. In other words, access to membership in the revolution depends on the ability to create or produce, not literal children but works of art, such as theatre. Nov 20, Kristal rated it liked it Shelves: