February 2 – 28, 2016
by Joan MacLeod
Directed by Roy Surette
“A wonderful piece of writing…not to be missed” Toronto Star
“Relentlessly topical – and deeply empathetic” The Globe and Mail
“Macleod has a wonderful ear and eye for the everyday details of Canadian life.” Calgary Herald
The strength and fragility of everyday people is the cornerstone of Joan MacLeod’s work and The Valley is her latest gem. In this timely and moving story, a dramatic police encounter binds four people together – a mother and her teenage son, a policeman and his wife. How they – and all of us – are connected is the stuff of great drama.
Why I Chose This Play Canadian plays speak to us in a way that plays from other countries don’t. There is a common language, and Victoria’s Joan MacLeod, winner of the Siminovitch Prize and the Governor General’s Award, speaks that language better than any writer I know. Her writing is subtle; it is calm on the surface with floods of emotion running underneath. This mother’s pain and helplessness in the face of her son’s depression affected me deeply when I saw this play. Roy’s production of Joan’s Homechild was the first play I ever saw at the Belfry, and I’m so happy he’s coming back! MS
Audience advisory: The show is 2 hours long, including one 15-minute intermission, and contains some strong language.
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