Thistlepatch by Catherine Frid
A child psychologist and an investigative reporter struggle to piece together the tragedy of a 14-year-old girl's suicide in a juvenile prison. Thistlepatch is based on the true story of Dr. Flora Danziger, the whistleblower who catalyzed the complete overhaul of Ontario's child welfare services in the 1970s.
Keywords: whistleblower, child welfare, psychology, suicide, juvenile prison, Ontario, Canada, Flora Danziger, Victor Malarek
Suitable for students 14+
Content note: This play contains references to youth suicide and self-harm. There is use of ableist and homophobic language.