Liberation Days by David van Belle
It’s May 1945, liberated Holland. The War is over, but because of a shortage of troop ships the Canadian Army remains in the Netherlands. Emma, an independent Dutch woman, meets Alex, a young Canadian private from rural Alberta. Emma has lived through five harrowing years of German occupation that ended in the ‘hunger winter’ of 1944-45, and wonders how she can put her life back together after everything she’s experienced and everything she’s lost. Emma sees in Alex the chance for a new life, to leave the expectations of her mother, the village and the church, to leave the horrors of the war. But she has to make a choice——to make peace with what’s happened in the past, or to flee to a future in Canada.
Keywords: war, canada, netherlands, soldier, holland, dutch, history, romance, world, WWII, religion, christianity, christian, change, female protagonist, alberta, calgary, edmonton, prairie, love, language, mother, daughter
Year Printed: 2016
First Produced: 2014 at Theatre Calgary, Calgary, AB.
Running TIme: 110 minutes
Male Cast: 4
Female Cast: 3