THE RED RIVER REBELLION
Written and Directed by Michael Hollingsworth
The History of the Village of the Small Huts, 1867 - 1870
DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
The Red River Rebellion was presented by VideoCabaret February-March 2005 at the Cameron House
The Red River Rebellion is a newly-devised chapter of The History of the Village of the Small Huts, which dramatizes the power struggles of Canada's post-Confederation years. The time is 1867-70, but the headlines are timeless:
PROVINCIAL LEADER PROTESTS OTTAWA RESOURCE GRAB
RELIGIOUS E XTREMIST MURDERS PEACENIK POET
ARMY WINS BATTLE, LOSES PEACE
BRITISH? AMERICAN? OR CANADIAN?
In Ottawa, a newly minted Prime Minister MacDonald plans to turn the western territories into one big Ontario; Louis Riel and western Metis leaders want local autonomy; across the country, radical Protestants and Catholics plot assassination and terror, often backed by American continentalists. In a few moderate minds, like that of young Wilfrid Laurier, the roots of Canada's secular and multi-cultural ideals are nurtured in spite of religious extremism.