Play Based on Canadian Soldiers’ Memories of Epic WW I Battle Hits CBU Boardmore Stage
Few elements of Canadian history resonate with as much power and emotion as the Battle of Vimy Ridge. For almost a century, this seminal World War I battle has informed our collective understanding of the birth of Canada as a nation. Vimy opens Thursday November 11 at 7 p.m.
Vern Thiessen’s play “Vimy”, tells the story of four injured soldiers and the nurse who cares for them as they struggle to survive, preserve their humanity, and find meaning amidst the abject terror and carnage of war.
Director Scott Sharplin says “the play focuses on intimate remembrances of conflict, “Vern Thiessen's portrayal of World War I is unflinching. Vimy is not a realistic play in the formal sense, but it is a memory play whose memories are realistically fractured and fragmented by the traumas of war. It is a testament to the courage of the soldiers, workers, and nurses who endured a nightmare of mud and steel, and came back to build a country whose mandate, since the 1950s, has been one of peacekeeping.”
Vimy runs November 11- 13 and 19-20 at 7 p.m. A matinee will be held November 21 at 2 p.m. November 11 is Pay What You Can Night, and November 12 is Talk Back Night. Tickets are $10 General and $6 Students/Seniors. For tickets or information contact CBU Playhouse Box Office 563-1652.