Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing. CTE photo. Tomson Highway. Tragi- comedy drama in two acts by Tomson Highway, first produced in. Nominee, Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing tells another story of the mythical Wasaychigan Hill Indian. This article reconsiders the place of hockey within Tomson Highway’s play Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, ultimately arguing that the re-evaluative.

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He expresses the difficulty of separating the drive for life from the drive for hockey: It is the combination of the best of both worlds. Highway sees this need to reconsider as the only way forward, both for colonizers and colonized: Nov 02, Molly added it.

As hockey works to heal the fictional Wasaychigan Hill Indian Reserve, contemporary First Nations theatre works to destroy the notion that First Nations people are incapable of decolonization from where they are today.

But, after letting it marinate for a few days Kspuskasing have to admit my opinion of Dry Lips is more favorable than it was when I initially finished.

Pierre disrupts this civilized space with news that challenges both the rules of the nation and the rules of hockey. Lists with This Book. This is not an easy play.

Radical Theatre as Cultural Intervention.

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Big Joey broadcasts over his approved radio station, and Zachary appears with a pie, suggesting that he also is moving forward with his plans for a bakery, first articulated at the beginning of the play; but neither of these initiatives have clear ends.


With his pregnant girlfriend, the granddaughter of a medicine woman, he intends to visit South Dakota, the site of Native suppression, to celebrate the renaissance of Native culture by lipw with the Sioux.

Obviously this can make the plot and forward momentum difficult to follow, especially since a few of the main characters are essentially reflectors and interchangeable.

Audience, Class, and Form. I read it to try to pick a short Canadian play for ery intro English course this summer. Returning to the play, we will devote the remainder of the essay to demonstrate through close textual analysis how hockey comes to stand for the theatre as a potentially revolutionary space of cultural hybridity.

Mike Chaulk Concordia University.

As Monique Mojica contends, First Nations theatre plays with the conventions and tools of European theatre to create its own decolonizing productions qtd.

The only light left onstage is that coming from the television screen. The connection we are meant to draw is a complex one. Moreover, as a sport that has been adopted and adapted by First Nations communities, hockey provides an ideal reflection of what Highway is doing with Euro-Canadian dramatic conventions, on a micro-scale, and with colonial traditions and powers, on a macro-scale.

Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia

These stories were difficult for me to read, both because of the harsh depiction of life on first nations reservations and because of the dialogue format of play scripts. Humour is a vital part of the Trickster tradition as it is often used as a mode of revelation and transformation; laughing at something both exposes it and lessens its power as well as eases the potential pain of cultural change.


Tomson Highway is an important playwright. The brutal violence of the play’s most explicit incident had me reeling numbly for a while – kwpuskasing then I saw that there is much subtle brutality to be found throughout the play.

I hate that half the time the only female roles are to wear absolutely nothing.

Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia – Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing

The production then relocated to the Royal Alexandra Theatre inthe first work of aboriginal theatre on that stage. Also, the stage directions are very detailed and more than are typical in contemporary drama; I think this kapiskasing likely mve little room for a director to leave their stamp on a production.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Through the Trickster character and narrative, Highway challenges European colonial imperialism.

Funny and Emotional, but so worth the read. Tomson Highway and the Crisis of Cultural Authenticity. Winner of the Floyd S. This article proposes that the revolution at the level of plot extends outward and works analogically with the text itself. You are commenting using your WordPress.

Grateful to have read this and really hope to see it performed one day. Drama is one of the most difficult kapuskasnig to read and, I would imagine, write.

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