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Unity (1918)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  71 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
In the fall of 1918, a world ravaged by four years of war was suddenly hit by a mysterious and deadly plague—the “Spanish Flu.” The illness struck not only the young and the elderly, but also people in the prime of their lives, advancing rapidly toward mortality in its victims. This phenomenon in effect brought the terror, the panic, the horror and the sense of helplessnes ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Talonbooks
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Mar 22, 2014 Janie rated it it was ok
i had to read this for English class. it had been in the school's library lying around collecting dust. so my English teacher thought we should read it. they looked brand spanking new and no one in the school had ever read it before. of course he never read the play before, so when we were reading it out in class anything that happened was as much as a surprise to us as it was to him. i swear this play took my whole grade 12 English class and turned us into a bunch of giggling, immature 12 year ...more
Aug 02, 2007 Robyn rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful play. I've managed to catch two different productions at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre. Historical apocalypses are thin on the ground, but that's the best description for this story of a small town infected by the post-war influenza of 1918.
Mar 15, 2016 Marc rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-get
There's one good review about the script here, so I won't repeat it.
I saw a powerful performance of Unity:1918 tonight by the Richard Burton Company (students of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama) with an highly ingenious and efficient staging that presented the multitude of mostly interior settings and a seemingly infinite Canadian backdrop between the juxtaposed focii of the narrow Studio space at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. The effect is almost filmic. The live fiddle score, perfo
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Feb 22, 2015 Kit A. rated it liked it
Recommends it for: history buffs, prairie folk, dark humourists
Shelves: fiction
Unity (1918) won the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama, so I probably should've given it a higher rating. Fact is, I just don't really enjoy reading plays, okay? Also, I'm not big on historical fiction, which makes me a horrible Canadian, I do realize. Despite these two things working against me, I enjoyed reading Unity for the most part. Not only did it not bore me, but it was actually funny, although often in a profoundly morbid kind of way. I like re-reading Bea and Sissy's argument ...more
Feb 04, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it
Great play. Very great rendition of how the influenza epidemic effected small towns in Canada. Had to read for class but still enjoyed it. I would highly recommend it but possible parent advisory for some more mature parts.
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I loved this play soo much. Engaging characters, great plot line. Surprising ending in a way. Never a boring moment.
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