Unity (1918)

Unity (1918) is a Governor General’s award-winning play by Canadian playwright Kevin Kerr. It parallels the return of a Canadian soldier from the First World War, with the struggles of a young prairie woman, as she combats the outbreak of the Spanish Flu in Unity, Saskatchewan. This feminist story reveals that not all wars are fought by men, but that many women have also given their lives in combat for their friends and families. The play also questions the idea of heroism, both in the trenches of the First World War, and on the farms of Unity. Unity (1918) benefited Memorial University by providing an examination of the after-effects of soldiers returning home from the First World War. It also taught students about the Spanish Flu, which may have been carried to North American by returning soldiers. Besides being a great educational experience, Unity (1918) also increased awareness of the importance behind the foundation of Memorial University as a living memorial.

Contact

WW100 Commemoration Program

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