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Sound of the Beast

Sound of the Beast

By Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
Introduction by Kern Albert
Afterword by Andy McKim & Jivesh Parasram
Subjects: Solo Shows, 2SLGBT / Queer Theatre, Ontario Playwrights, Black Playwrights, Women Writers
Duration: 75 minutes
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369100764, 160 pages, September 2020
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369100771, 250 pages, September 2020
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369100788, 250 pages, September 2020


  • Nominated, Governor General's Literary Award 2020


"Compassion is good, but it’s just motivation. Cars need engines. Movements need mobilization."

Through spoken word, storytelling and hip hop, acclaimed wordsmith Donna-Michelle St. Bernard illuminates racial discrimination, the suppression of expression and the trials of activism. Her experience as a Canadian emcee is woven through with allusion to Tunisian emcee Weld El 15’s unjust imprisonment for rhymes against a regime. This story creates a space to reflect on how we are connected to the systems that oppress us, and how we can empower each other to rise up.


“Unusual and disarming.”

- J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail

“Effective, disturbing, and enlightening.”

- Karen Fricker, Toronto Star

“As poignant as it is playful. Utterly affecting.”

- Camila Fitzgibbon, Montreal Theatre Hub