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THE PORT THEATRE PRESENTS: Scenes from the Nanaimo Indian Hospital
Reawakening Hul’q’umin’um’, Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwak’wala Languages. A play by Dr. Laura Cranmer.
Dr. Laura Cranmer of ‘Namgis and Haida descent, an Indian hospital and residential school
survivor, wrote “Scenes from the Nanaimo Indian Hospital” based on her three-year stay at the
hospital as a young child.
In this staged reading, the Nanaimo Indian Hospital is re-imagined to be the confluence of the
Island’s great linguistic diversity embodied by the three young girls—Dorothy Myth
representing Kwak’wala, Esther Williams representing Hul’q’umin’um’, and Mary Robins
representing Nuu-chah-nulth—whose growing friendship in Ward B consists of delight in
language comparisons while sinister medical undercurrents are revealed in the dialogue and
action between the medical staff.
Show times: 2pm and 7.30pm
Tickets: Free tickets are available for survivors, the Snuneymuxw community,
surrounding Nations, and any patrons who’d appreciate this gift. Please use the
code: VIPGuest online or call our Ticket Centre: 250-754-8550 to speak with someone directly.