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PARC Playwright Profile for July 2019 is Catherine Banks

June 15, 2019

Plays by Catherine Banks have been performed across Canada, Scotland, the US and Catalonia and include: Miss N' Me; It Is Solved By Walking; Bone Cage; Three Storey, Ocean View; and Bitter Rose, which aired on Bravo! Canada. Her newest play, In This Light, the adaptation of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, will premiere July 6th at Two Planks and a Passion. Her work has been described as poetic, darkly humorous, courageous, and beautifully theatrical. Bone Cage premiered in 2007, and went on to win the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama in 2008. It Is Solved By Walking won the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2012, was translated into Catalan by Tant per Tant, and was one of three Canadian plays to tour Catalonia in 2012. Catherine received Nova Scotia’s Established Artist Award for her body of work in 2008. Catherine has adapted Ernest Buckler’s novel The Mountain and the Valley for the stage and she is writing two new plays, Downed Hearts, about the aftermath of a airsea disaster and The King of Days about climate change and the fishery. Bone Cage is currently being made into a film. Catherine has taught playwriting at Dalhousie University and Sage Hill. Catherine holds the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (Honorary) from Mount St. Vincent University