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The Bridge

The Bridge

By Shauntay Grant
Subjects: Death, Grief & Loss, Women Writers, Rural Settings, Black Playwrights, Award Winners, Family Life, Siblings, Atlantic Playwrights, Nova Scotia
Casting: 4 f, 3 m
Duration: 90 hours
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369102263, 112 pages, April 2021
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369102270, April 2021
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369102287, April 2021
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  • Winner, Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding New Play by a Nova Scotian 2020


Set in a rural Black Nova Scotian community, The Bridge explores the complex relationship between two brothers strained over twenty years of secrecy, deception, and dishonour. Secrets are revealed one by one from the brothers themselves, as well as a trio of community gossips who provide the musical backdrop for this gospel-infused tale. A story of a family torn apart by betrayal, The Bridge invites us to consider the roads we choose in life, and to wonder whether we can ever cross back over the bridges we burn along the way.


The Bridge succeeds because it appeals to all the wonderful and inescapable facets of the human condition. For all of the trespasses, tests, and tribulations thrown our way, it is ultimately our decision of how we choose to react and respond.”

- Carey Bray, Halifax Bloggers

The Bridge already feels like it should be a classic of the Canadian theatre canon . . . The intricate way this story is woven is unique and artful, and its layers create a resonant and powerfully emotional experience.”

- Amanda "Equality" Campbell, TWISI: The Way I See It Theatre Blog

“Innovative and riveting . . . a brilliant dramatic text, incorporating song, naturalistic and unique dialect, thorough knowledge of the Bible, which is a key theme in the play, and a rare theatrical playfulness.”

- Judith Thompson, award-winning playwright of The Crackwalker and Lion in the Streets

“Formally inventive—a choreo-poem, layered in the biblical and the vernacular; in simultaneity and multiplicity.”

- Dionne Brand, award-winning poet and novelist, author of The Blue Clerk and Theory