Irreparable Harm?

Written by:

Mairy Beam

Artist/Creator(s) Identify As:

2SLGBTQIA+

Cast Size:
30

Roles For:

  • Indigenous Peoples: 5
  • Men: 14
  • Women: 16

Genre:

Documentary

Themes:

Climate Change
Colonialism
Environment

Length:

60 min.

Year Written:

2020

Synopsis:

Who is causing the irreparable harm? This is the question on everyone’s mind. Is it the acts of resistance on the ground, or the Trans Mountain Pipeline itself? And who decides? The BC Supreme Court may want the job, but is it unbiased? Will a judge truly listen to the land and water protectors? What power does a citizen have when they believe their future is at stake? Using videos and transcripts of the court proceedings this production shines a light on our justice system and the complex relationship between those in power, and those fighting to get it back.

Characters:

The characters consist of judges, crown attorneys, sheriffs, and lawyers on one side and activists on the other. The activists range in age but tend to be either youngish or older. They are all dedicated to stopping the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion. The Narrator is tasked with explaining the background and providing context. The Heckler is a disruptive force hidden in the audience.

First Produced:

Vancouver Fringe 2020

Resources:

The play can be accessed by contacting the author at mairyelesbea@gmail.com

Notes:

Many of the roles could be played by either men or women or non-binary persons.

Many of the roles can be doubled up. 8 actors is the minimum requirement.