Inexpressible Island


David Young

Winner of the CAA Drama Award Finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Drama

About the Book

Stranded at the end of the world, at the end of the Heroic Age, three officers and three sailors—the scientific party of Captain Scott’s ill-fated expedition to the South Pole—burrow into a snow drift and for seven months sit out the coldest, most savage winter on record. Based upon the true story of one of the greatest feats of human endurance of this century.


“Young’s hypnotic new play is one of the most ambitious, original and perplexing dramas ever written by a Canadian.”

“A fine piece of theatre that throbs with intelligence and heart.”
-NOW Magazine

“Ranks as a major achievement … sears itself into the imagination.”
-Toronto Sun

About the Author

David Young’s play Glenn was nominated for seven Dora Mavor Moore awards, the Chalmers Award, and the Governor General’s Award. His other plays (with Paul Le Doux) include Fire (Chalmers Award, four Dora awards) and Love is Strange. David has also written extensively for radio, film, and television and is the author of two novels. He was the President of Coach House Press for ten years.

120pp 5.5 x 8.5 in