Carrying the Calf by Shirley Barrie - Theatrefolk

Carrying the Calf

Recommended for High Schools

Carrying the Calf

by Shirley Barrie

A teenager fed-up with being bullied drags her reluctant friend to a self-defence class.

 About 54 minutes

Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks


 4
4W


Simple Set


 35 pages

Drama Character Study Movement-based

Excellent showcase roles for actresses.

A teenager fed-up with being bullied drags her reluctant friend to a self-defence class. More important than the karate training, the instructor challenges the group to find self-confidence, independence, and to choose their own destiny.

The scenes are linked by katas: the strictly choreographed, powerful sequences of movements that are a central part of karate.

Awards and Accolades

  • DORA Award for outstanding theatre for young audiences
  • Chalmer's Award winner
4 Characters
4W
INDIRA [W] 170 lines
16, of South Asian extraction, has lived in Canada from the age of 5.
SHARON [W] 199 lines
16, born in Canada of West Indian parents.
ANN [W] 117 lines
Pushing 40, white, divorced mother of 4.
FIROZA M [W] 149 lines
Mid-late 20's, originally Ugandan of South Asian extraction, university educated.

Prop List

damaged dress shoe (loose heel), running shoes, bag, bag of chips

Multimedia

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