Blood Relations

Written by:

Sharon Pollock

Cast Size:
7

Roles For:

  • Men: 3
  • Women: 4

Genre:

Drama
Historical
Mystery

Themes:

Family
History

Length:

90 min.

Year Written:

1979

Synopsis:

Set year’s after the murder of her father and step-mother, Blood Relations centres on Lizzie Borden and an elaborate game of role-playing she engages in with her friend the actress, to once and for all answer the question, “Lizzie, did you?”

Characters:

Miss Lizzie – who will play Bridget, the Irish maid / The Actress – who will play Lizzie Borden / Harry – Mrs Borden’s brother / Emma – Lizzie’s older sister / Andrew – Lizzie’s father / Abigail – Lizzie’s stepmother / Dr Patrick – the Irish doctor; sometimes The Defense

First Produced:

1980, Theatre 3

Resources:

Governor General’s Award, 1981.

Blood Relations is available through the CPO Website. Additional information is available on the Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia.

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Notes:

“In Blood Relations Sharon Pollock extracts the salient details of the case and constructs an imaginative “who-dunnit.” But she is more interested in the “why” than the “who”… Blood Relations remains her most popular play. It has traveled to Japan, Australia, and England, and (no mystery here) to many theatres in the United States. It has inspired almost as many theoretical academic interpretations as has the axe murder… Pollock’s plays resist easy categorization and explanation. They provoke and challenge. Finally, they direct their questions at the audience. Who is responsible for these crimes against humanity? Perhaps no one is innocent.” (From the Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia)

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