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government, has bred playwrights that take a critical, often comical look at capitalism.

Some such plays of note are Charles Friederick’s The Decision Maker (1984); The

Encapsulation of Marvin Beale by Martha Morgan; Mischa Popov’s Casual Fridays;

Barbara Sapergia’s Harvest the Sun (1989); and Geoffrey Ursell’s Great Bridge Plan

(1980).

There are a significant number of radio dramas in serial form in this collection

such as Dianne Warren’s “End of Season” (5 episodes, 1992); Geoffrey Ursell’s “Lou

Trilogy”: The Adventures of the Lady that’s Known as Lou (5 episodes, 1989), The Rum

Runners of Rainbow Ravine (10 episodes, 1990), and Murder at Manito (5 episodes,

1995); and Mansel Robinson’s The Education of Annie McBride (5 episodes, 1995). The

serial form provides a radio playwright a bigger canvas (time-wise) than is usually

provided. A study into both the serial form and the themes/content of plays chosen for

the serial form could be another interesting path into these plays.

Barbara Sapergia, in our conversation regarding The Giant Who Wept, brought up

the question of the voice of the play. Beaupré was of the French and Métis culture.

Sapergia and Ursell are not. Sapergia admits that they probably would not pursue such a

project today because their voice as playwrights is so different from Beaupré’s voice.

This awareness of the voice of the playwright and the appropriateness of the stories the

playwright chooses to tell warrants more study. Such study is especially necessary when

it comes to the Aboriginal voice in Saskatchewan radio drama and audio art.

Defining the Aboriginal Voice within the framework of Saskatchewan radio

drama can be difficult for several reasons. The first issue faced is identifying the “voice

of the story” as a part of the institutional voice of CBC Saskatchewan. It is important to

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