Timescape: History Plays and Isolation
Nature is a dynamic, isolating force in many Saskatchewan radio plays. The
physical isolation of landscape and climate often parallels, or exacerbates psychological
isolation of characters. Such images of isolation are not limited to plays dealing with
Saskatchewan history. In the following chapter, James Quandt’s radio plays will be
explored for similar themes of the land and physical isolation, woman and nature, and the
tragic images associated with winter. The howling wind, the freezing cold, and the
empty space parallel the wounded emotional self, the frozen heart, and the broken spirit.