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Development

CreateTruth Productions partnered with NightShift Theatre in the development of Broken Branches to produce two workshops. The first took place in August 2016 with a reading for a small group of invited guests. In October 2016 a public reading of Broken Branches was presented at Workman Arts.

Dramaturg Joanne Latimer directed five actors who brought the script to life, triggering laughter, a few tears, and a willingness to share their experience.

After the reading, Joanne and the actors, along with playwright Lorene Stanwick, were joined by the audience for a powerful, engaged discussion. The questions were incisive, and both the audience and the actors shared how the stories in Broken Branches impacted them, their understanding of what sibling abuse is and how their own lives have been touched by it.
Such a powerful experience. Thank you to Patricia Casey, Mark Correia, Karleena Kelly, Anastasia Kokolakis, and Katerina Taxia for their wonderful performances, and to the many people who came out for a very special evening.

What people are saying:

"This is a powerful piece of theatre…it touches on the diverse array of human emotions…the way art is supposed to land."- RH

"As a very passionate theatre goer, I was not sure what to expect. In short, I was totally blown away. First, by the insights and nuances of the writing, and then by the staging of three simultaneous "scenes" … What impresses me is its sensitivity, humour and the impact it had on the audience. Every single person was riveted, and with good reason." -DM

"I was drawn into the lives of the characters, and the narrative of the sibling abuse was handled in a very respectful manner." -CG

"Broken Branches is a well-crafted play that uniquely explores the tough but hidden issue of sibling violence that is not part of our everyday discourse. It's not a "happy endings" piece but one that inspires thought and dialogue. Every good piece of theatre wants to end with discussion continuing afterwards, into the streets and into homes, and Broken Branches does just that." -FS

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