George F. Walker stages parent-teacher intervention

Canadian playwright George F Walker on his latest double-bill — The Bigger Issue and Parents Night.
What's the relationship between anger and creativity? George F. Walker's work explores that tension in his latest double bill. (DW Communications)

Prolific Canadian playwright George F. Walker joins Shad to discuss his latest double-bill — The Bigger Issue and Parents Night — and the conflicts that play out between troubled parents and stressed out teachers. Walker, a parent himself, says he feels a lot of sympathy for those within the increasingly precarious profession.

Walker argues that teachers — and today's teachers especially — need narratives that speak to their struggles. He also speaks of the "little victories" that come with putting poorly-understood stories centre stage and how his working class background informs his work. 

George F. Walker says he's no cruise missile, smoothly hugging all life's hills and valleys. (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)


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