Walsh

Written by:

Sharon Pollock

Cast Size:
15

Roles For:

  • Men: 12
  • Women: 3

Genre:

Drama

Themes:

Canadian History
Indigenous
Justice System

Length:

60 min.

Year Written:

1973

Synopsis:

“A historical documentary of Sitting Bull’s exile in Canada after the Montana massacre at Little Big Horn. The play examines Sitting Bull’s relationship with superintendent Walsh of the North West Mounted Police and is the study of the disillusionment of a man who believes in his government’s integrity but who is betrayed by that government.“This is the law,” Walsh declares, “but where is the justice?” (From the Talonbooks website)

Characters:

HARRY, a wagon master.

CLARENCE, a new recruit to the NWMP.

LOUIS, a Metis scout.

WALSH, a superintendent of the NWMP in charge of Fort Walsh.

MRS. ANDERSON, a settler.

CROW EAGLE, a Cree.

McCUTCHEON, a sergeant in the NWMP.

MARY, wife of Major Walsh.

SITTING BULL, a chief of the Hunkpapa Sioux.

PRETTY PLUME, wife of Sitting Bull.

CROWFOOT, son of Sitting Bull.

GALL, a chief of the Hunkpapa Sioux.

WHITE DOG, an Assiniboine.

TERRY, a general in the U.S. Army.

COLONEL MacLEOD, commissioner of the NWMP.

First Produced:

Theatre Calgary, Calgary, AB, 1978

Resources:

Available through the Canadian Play Outlet Website and Talonbooks.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

You can read more about Sitting Bull on the Canadian Encyclopedia website, here.

Visit the playwright’s website here.