Remembering the Winnipeg General by Thomas McKechnie


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Remembering the Winnipeg General by Thomas McKechnie

May 15th, 1919, in response to the soaring cost of living 2/3rds of Winnipeg's working population went out on strike in the largest labour action in Canadian history. Coming only two years after the Russian revolution, labour action on this scale terrified the bankers and politicians who respond with treachery and violences at the RCMP came through and cracked heads murdering two strikers. Remembering the Winnipeg General is a Brechtian vaudeville where two clowns tell you the story with a mixture of high drama and low humour. The two tell the story with song, sketches and dated Miley Cyrus jokes while weaving together questions of police brutality, economic inequality and forced migration. Featuring original music and live polling of the audience and cabbage roles served hot, Remembering the Winnipeg General is revolutionary ride through Canada's greatest strike.

Keywords: Winnipeg, strike, revolution, politics, labour, unions, history, Canadian history, RCMP, vaudeville, music, live music, participation, dramedy,

Produced by zietpunktheatre, Toronto ON, 2019

Genre: Political Vaudeville
Acts: 1
Run time: 90 minutes
Maximum number of roles: 8
Minimum number of roles: 2
Suitable for students 16+
"With humour and insight, Remembering the Winnipeg General shows us a piece of Canadian history that is both dark and inspiring. And, above all, it’s an intelligent and emotionally rich piece of theatre that feels intensely relevant."
"...timely, relevant political theatre"
- Now Magazine