Unity (1918): Of Past, Future and the Connection in Between

1918 was a year of significance to many. It marked the end of World War I. Celebrations were the first in mind for those at the home front looking forward to a future of peace, contrasting with grim images of soldiers returning from the battlefield, scarred emotionally and physically from the war. But 1918 was not solely about the war for the town of Unity in Kevin Kerr’s Unity (1918). This Governor General’s Award winning play shifts the focus away from the Great War, to highlight the enormity of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, as felt by inhabitants of this small prairie town, west of Saskatoon. In fact, the impact of the flu should not be underestimated; CBC News reported at least 21 million deaths worldwide as a result from this pandemic.

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