Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Gommil tangent: Tom Dawe's radio play The Days of Forty-Nine

Teachers on Wheels Inc. of St. John's, Newfoundland received funding from the National Literacy Secretariat HRDC to transcribe and produce a series of eight dramatized radio plays. The plays were originally broadcast on CBC radio as part of a Newfoundland and Labrador School Broadcasts program. The plays have been transcribed and produced as booklets with accompanying audio-cassettes.

The following is an excerpt from one of the above radio plays (The Days of Forty-Nine ) written by Tom Dawe .

Grandfather: Go on with you, boy. You knows as well as I do how the well-off merchants are running this country. We're like slaves to them. We always will be, if you don't change things. Joey is giving us a chance to change things, boy, and you're too stun to see that...right in front of you, as plain as the nose on your face.

Saul: Don't call me "stun"...and you, a big foolish gommil, trapsing around after that Confederation crowd. You got some nerve calling me "stun", boy. A bittern would have more sense than you.

Grandfather: Ah close your prate, boy. You thinks everything will work out all right if you shouts and bawls about it. I never seen the likes of you in all my born days. You''re ignorant as a pig, boy, you are.

Contact: Teachers on Wheels Inc.,
P.O. Box 8455, Station A
St. John's, Newfoundland A1B 3N9;
Tel.: 709-738-3975; Fax: 709-754-4418 . (97.11.18)

Format: 8 booklets and accompanying audio-cassettes (radio plays)

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