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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: 2SLGBT / Queer Theatre, Ontario Playwrights, Solo Shows, Black Playwrights, Women Writers
Duration: 75 hours
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369100764, 160 pages, September 2020
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369100771, September 2020
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369100788, 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.


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

- Camila Fitzgibbon, Montreal Theatre Hub

“Effective, disturbing, and enlightening.”

- Karen Fricker, Toronto Star

“Unusual and disarming.”

- J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail