The Occupation of Heather Rose
By Wendy Lill
(Talonbooks, Paperback, 9780889225930, 64pp.)
Publication Date: September 2008
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Young, naive and inadequately trained nurse Heather Rose arrives in a remote Native community. Cast of 1 woman.
Wendy Lill has not only written extensively for radio, magazines, film, television and the stage, but has also been active in national politics. In 1979, while with CBC Radio in Winnipeg, Lill wrote her first play, On the Line, to dramatize the plight of striking Winnipeg garment industry workers. Since then, her plays have gone on to examine the Canadian women’s suffrage movement (The Fighting Days); aboriginal-white relations (The Occupation of Heather Rose, Sisters); pedophilia and mass hysteria (All Fall Down); the slashing of social programs (Corker); and the dangerous lives of coal miners in her adopted province of Nova Scotia (The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum).
An achingly honest reminder of the naively enthusiastic attempts that each of us has made to wade bravely into unfamiliar territory.”
Ultimately The Occupation of Heather Rose is a plea for forgiveness and understanding as Heather does battle with the darker part of her nature, that heart of darkness’ that occupies’ us all to some degree.”