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Bodyscape: Isolation, Health, and the Woman’s Voice

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to finish the book!” are replaced by Douglas’ voice, giving a speech. Finally, Barr dies

with only the voice of Douglas echoing through his tortured mind. The recording is of

Douglas killing time waiting for election results. Though he never reaches the punch-

line, he is telling the joke about the old man with no enemies. After Barr dies, Pat finds

that her father had not even started writing his book. Barr’s hopes to tell the “other

side” of the legend of the man he wryly called “Saint Tommy” dies with him. Barr will

leave no lasting legacy of his career behind. Barr cannot “outlive the bastard” after all.

Concerns surrounding the issues of health and healthcare outlive most people or

characters. The famous women of 1916 deserve credit for their efforts to advance the

causes of women and health. However, the issues they fought to improve are still a

great concern to Saskatchewan residents. Barr’s fight against the popular canonization

of Douglas, and other political, ideological, debates surrounding Medicare become

insignificant in the face of the larger issue of illness, death, and isolation surrounding

Health. Barr cannot debate any point of view after his health fails. Barr’s black-and-

white stand for-or-against-Tommy pales beside Barr’s own fight against death. The

issue of health and healthcare continues, regardless of who is the poster child of the

debate.

That the theme of medicine recurs in this selection of plays could be a result of

Saskatchewan’s social and political history. Kelley Jo Burke agrees with these reasons,

but adds another, geographic, reason:

Partly it’s simply political. This is the home of Medicare, and people feel very strongly about it. But it’s also, what you said, about the aging population. And maintaining a viable health care system over such a large area is just very difficult, and elders worry all the time about not having access to care because of distance as much as anything else.

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