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Bone Cage

Bone Cage

By Catherine Banks
Subjects: Environmental Issues, Atlantic Playwrights, Nova Scotia, Award Winners, Rural Settings, Community Theatre Picks, Large Cast, Women Writers
Casting: 3 f, 4 m
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780887547874, 120 pages, June 2008
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770910348, 120 pages, June 2008
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770910331, 120 pages, June 2008


  • Winner, Governor General's Literary Award for Drama 2008


Jamie is twenty-two years old and works twelve-hour shifts operating a wood processor, clear-cutting for pulp. At the end of each shift, he walks through the destruction he has created looking for injured birds and animals and rescues those he can. Jamie's desire to escape this world is thwarted by his fear of leaving the place where he has some status.

Bone Cage examines how young people in rural communities, employed in the destruction of the environment they love, treat the people they love at the end of their shift. Bone Cage is about the difficulty in growing and hanging on to dreams in a world where dreams are seen as impractical or weak. It is funny. It is tragic. It is about different kinds of escaping. It is about a soul trapped in its own rib cage, a cage of bone, a Bone Cage.


"Wildly ambitious, urgently contemporary, and savagely frank, it dares to examine a rural Nova Scotia way of life with all its warts and joy. 'courageous, poetic, powerful' Banks provides enough late adolescent and early adult joy to remind us all that these are tough, real characters who take their enjoyment when they can get it."


"Bone Cage is a bold and satisfying new play about a young man trapped in a soul-killing industry in rural Nova Scotia. This drama is like a David Adams Richards novel in its bleak, unflinching look at rural life'. Where Adams Richards is grimly poetic' Banks goes for a black humour and a touch of the surreal."

- The Chronicle Herald