Sid Williams Theatre

Asylum

Asylum

Theatre BC North Island Zone Drama Festival

 

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Set in 1915 in what was formerly the underutilized Brandon Provincial Reformatory For Boys but re-designated as the Brandon Asylum, housing over six-hundred patients, our story focuses on the circumstances of several women, typically poor, homeless, immigrant, or wards of the court. Jenny Trout, trained yet not yet practicing as a doctor, and her passionate young journalist friend, Elizabeth, who risks everything by going undercover, come face to face with powerful, established biases of gender and class, in order to prevent malpractice and to publicize the unjust medical assault on Canada’s marginalized population. They turn for help to Emily Murphy, magistrate and suffragette who was instrumental in having women acknowledged as persons under the law. What they uncover is worse than they could have imagined.

Other North Island Zone Festival shows

May 14 - The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey
May 15 - Anne of Green Gables by W Karpuik
May 16 - Jenny’s House of Joy by Norm Foster
May 17 - Toronto, Mississippi
May 19 - Waiting for Something to Happen
May 20 - Marion Bridge