Posted October 4, 2016
Refuge shortlisted for Governor General’s Literary Awards
Congratulations to Mary Vingoe for her play Refuge being shortlisted for the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama.
Ayinom, a former soldier from Eritrea, has arrived in Canada without papers, and seeks refugee status. Seen through the eyes of the couple that take him in and the lawyer who represents him, the play lays bare some of the shortfalls of the refugee system as it exists in Canada today. Refuge combines verbatim text from CBC radio interviews with the fictional world of the characters to create a work with uncommon resonance and verisimilitude.