by Sharon PollockDirector Keira Loughran
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.
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.
Playwright of The Komagata Maru Incident.
Sharon Pollock's stage plays are produced throughout Canada and abroad. She writes for radio and television, has directorial credits at theatres across the country, and has led playwriting and theatre workshops within and outside Canada. Her awards include a Canada Australia Literary Award for her body of work, Nellie Award for National Radio Drama, Golden Sheaf Television Award and Japan Foundation Award, and she is an Officer of the Order of Canada. She is the recipient of two Governor General's Literary Awards for Drama and is a three-time winner of the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Drama Award. From 2006 to 2015 she served as dramaturge and artistic consultant with the Atlantic Ballet Company of Canada. Her latest play, Blow Wind High Water, will open Theatre Calgary's 50th anniversary 2017-18 season.
2017: Woman in and composer of The Komagata Maru Incident. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Kiran Ahluwalia is an award-winning vocalist and composer. Her discography, now six albums deep, has earned her two Junos, two Canadian Folk Awards and the U.K.'s Songlines Award. In her compositions and recordings, she has created a style uniquely her own, fusing Indian musical roots with African desert blues and jazz. Apart from her own recordings, she has lent her voice to many movie scores including the Oscar-winning documentary Saving Face and the documentary Continuous Journey - an award-winning film on the Komagata Maru directed by Ali Kazmi. Performing with her group, she has captivated audiences worldwide at folk and jazz festivals and concert halls. She received her training in Indian music in Bombay and Hyderabad, India. Her newest album is Sanata: Stillness. Kiran's albums are available at the Stratford Festival Shop. Online: kiranmusic.com. Twitter: @KiranAhluwalia.
2017: Assistant stage manager of Timon of Athens, The Changeling and The Komagata Maru Incident. Fourth season. Stratford: Assistant stage manager of As You Like It and John Gabriel Borkman. Apprentice stage manager of Alice Through the Looking-Glass and A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Chamber Play. Production assistant of the Avon Theatre and of the 2013 Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction Directors' Workshop Presentation. Elsewhere: Assistant stage manager: Tafelmusik; Dance Weekend 2013-2015 (Dance Ontario); Treehouse TV's Big Day Out (Paquin Entertainment). Apprentice stage manager: Wormwood, Sextet (Tarragon Theatre); Pirates of Penzance, Tuesdays with Morrie (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Orpheus & Eurydice (Opera Atelier); Free Outgoing (Nightwood Theatre). Awards: Jean A. Chalmers Apprentice Achievement Award (2014).
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