And Bella Sang With Us

Written by:

Sally Stubbs

Cast Size:
10

Roles For:

  • Men: 4
  • People of Colour: 1
  • People with Disabilities: 1
  • Women: 6

Genre:

Drama
Historical

Themes:

Canadian History
Police
Sex Work
Women's History

Length:

90 min.

Year Written:

2014

Synopsis:

An action-packed drama with heart, dark humour, and song, And Bella Sang with Us is inspired by Canada’s first women police officers, Constables Minnie Miller and Lurancy Harris, and a remarkable story from Ladies of the Night, a career memoir by Calgary police officer Margaret Glides. Hired in Vancouver in 1912 to deal with ‘the female morality question,’ Miller and Harris battle prejudice and condescension; a child-prostitute and her hulking, mentally-unhinged female champion; one another; and their own limitations and demons. (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Constable Minnie Miller

Constable Lurancy D. Harris

Bella Boychuk

Mai Ji

Connor O’Rourke

Constable Fields

Gertrude Crane

Alderman Daniel Crane

Old Joseph (essentially a ‘cameo’)

Woman in Distress (voice only)

First Produced:

Vancouver Fringe Festival, 2016

Resources:

And Bella Sang With Us is available through the CPO Website.

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Notes:

Visit the playwright’s website here.

Play written to be performed by 6 actors, but can be played by 8. # of Male roles: 4 roles intended for CAST OF 2 # of Female roles: 5 roles intended for CAST OF 4.

Suggested doubling:

Bella Boychuk/Gertrude Crane

Old Joseph/Daniel Crane

Constable Fields/Connor O’Rourke

Mai Ji/Woman in Distress

Warnings:

This play includes some violence and sexual content.

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