The Big League


James Durham

About the Book

The Big League stick-handles Canada’s national pastime from a kid’s point of view. Four characters experience the pressures kids face to participate in hockey for reasons other than purely fun. Any child or adult who has ever struggled with extracurricular activities—be it music lessons or water polo—will identify.


The Big League is no clutch-and-grab snorefest—unlike the typical National Hockey League tilt—but an up-tempo skate, notable for crisp team play and a good-natured face wash for hockey’s biggest mouth.”
–Winnipeg Free Press

“…this wonderful new play tries to confront this very serious issue in a fun way that everyone can enjoy. And I think it does succeed in doing that remarkably well.”
–CBC Radio One

About the Author

James Durham has worked primarily as an actor in theatre for young people, performing to over a half a million children in Manitoba in various productions over the last twenty years, including eight years with Mimeworks Mime and Story Theatre Troupe. His other plays include Franklin, My Old Man, and Cruel and Unusual Punishment. The Big League is James Durham’s first play for young audiences. He is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg with a B.A. in Theatre.

DRA013000 Drama/Canadian Grades 3-6
64pp 5.5 x 8.5 in