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By the time he was writing Gossip in 1977, George Walker had already begun to shift his settings from, on the one hand, North America’s colonial roots in Europe, and on the other, its fascination with other, exotically foreign locales. Yet, even in The Power Plays, Walker is still exploring the ironic and dramatic possibilities of the stereotypes (albeit, by this time, homBy the time he was writing Gossip in 1977, George Walker had already begun to shift his settings from, on the one hand, North America’s colonial roots in Europe, and on the other, its fascination with other, exotically foreign locales. Yet, even in The Power Plays, Walker is still exploring the ironic and dramatic possibilities of the stereotypes (albeit, by this time, home-grown ones) that continue to provide the fertile ground of contemporary North American sensibilities.With his creation of the Governor General’s Award winning Criminals in Love (1984); the Chalmers Award winning Better Living (1986); and Escape from Happiness (1991), Walker embarked on a whole new direction in his evolution as a playwright. Much less of his comic irony now relied on the recognition of character, much more now relied on the creation of character. In a very real way, George Walker had freed himself to “come home.” Set in what is transparently a single neighbourhood, the East End of Toronto, these three interrelated plays were quickly collected in a volume called, naturally, The East End Plays, in 1988. From here, George Walker moved in two related directions: to a further exploration of the margins of contemporary urban life in the global village with the three plays now collected in The East End Plays Part 2 (1999); and to the continued exploration of linking plays around a single location with the wildly successful six-part Suburban Motel (1998). The original three East End Plays are here published in a completely new and revised Talonbooks edition now called The East End Plays Part 1....

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ISBN : 9780889224131
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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The East End Plays: Part 1 Reviews

  • Erin
    2018-09-24 20:49

    I am an avid George F. Walker fan. The three plays in this trilogy following the lives of a lower class family (and Junior!) living in the east end of Toronto (presumably). Criminals in Love is by far the best of the three, closely followed by Better Living. Escape From Happiness is the weakest of the bunch, but it still has that wonderful Walker bite to it. Highly recommend to people who like fast-paced, intelligent, and funny writing/theatre.

  • Michelle Mitchell
    2018-10-17 19:46

    What a great writing style. These plays are edgy and will entertain. Especially loved Better Living and Escape from Happiness.