Unity (1918) brings Spanish flu to post-war Saskatchewan
While the First World War rages overseas, life in the small town of Unity, Saskatchewan, continues as normal – siblings squabble, couples fall in love, farmers complain about the weather, and the local telephone operators gossip about.
When the Spanish flu strikes, however, suddenly the war is on everyone’s doorstep, and this time, the enemy is invisible and unstoppable. Soon residents are falling down dead as a doornail – or have a screw loose.
Written by Kevin Kerr, Unity (1918) mixes elements of drama, gothic romance, pandemic horror, and a dose of dark humour, handling both the enormity of the Spanish flu and the trivial details of small-town life.
Unity (1918) has won the Governor General’s Literary Award, and is playing at the Uxbridge Music Hall on Nov. 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 16, 17, and 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets available through onstageuxbridge.com or through starticketing.com