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A POLITICAL STORM WITH NO PORT
In 1914, a shipload of emigrants from the British Raj were
denied entry to Vancouver, then Canada’s most diverse city. The play exposes
the cost not only to those newcomers but also to existing minority residents
who struggled to find their place amid the systemic racism of the era.
In May 1914, as war looms in Europe, the Japanese steamer Komagata Maru arrives in Vancouver harbour, carrying 376 would-be immigrants of East Indian origin. As subjects of the British empire, all are entitled to enter Canada, but the authorities refuse to let them ashore.
While using every means at his disposal to enforce the racist policies of his political masters, immigration inspector William Hopkinson is torn between his own ambition and the secret he harbours within.
by Sharon PollockDirector Keira Loughran
Production support is generously
provided by the late Bunny Skelly.
Support for the 2017 season of the Studio Theatre is
generously provided by Sandra & Jim Pitblado.
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