Mansel Robinson

Mansel Robinson is the author of the plays Downsizing Democracy (Playwrights Canada Press 1998), The Heart As It Lived (Playwrights Canada Press 1998), Colonial Tongues (Playwrights Canada Press 1995), and Collateral Damage (Blizzard Publishing 1994). His novella Slag was published by Thistledown in 1997 and was shortlisted for the 1999 Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award. He received a B.A. in English from the University of Western Ontario, and a M.A. in English from Concordia University. Robinson currently lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.









112 pages/trade paper
Includes music notation, song lyrics, and production photographs.

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Rock 'n Rail: Ghost Trains and Spitting Slag

ISBN: 978-1-894345-40-8

A rare combination and tour de force, Mansel Robinson's Rock 'n Rail: Spitting Slag and Ghost Trains is a double-whammy of poetry and theatre. The plays are in the voices of the workingman: to the tradition of Billy Bishop Goes to War, add poetry, politics and pathos.

Received to acclaim on the Canadian Fringe tour, these two original and compelling plays are already on their way to becoming new Canadian classics of theatre and language. Spitting Slag was originally staged at Dancing Sky Theatre in Meacham, Saskatchewan in 1998, and subsequently co-produced at The Globe Theatre in Regina, 25th Street Theatre in Saskatoon and produced by Theatre With a Crooked Grin at the Winnipeg and Saskatoon Fringe Festivals. It won the Audience Choice Award at the latter. Ghost Trains was produced and staged at the Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Edmonton Fringe Festivals in 2001. It was also adapted for CBC Saskatchewan as a radio play in 2001, and broadcast as a poem for voice and guitar on CBC Saskatchewan in 1997.

Translated into French language and performed across French Canada


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