The Blue Wall
By Mark Brownell
Alleyway Theatre 1997, Fringe Tour 1990, From the Ground Up 1988, Theatre Centre 1988
Based on interviews of several Metro policemen this compelling and highly stylized docu-drama play was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award in 1989.
Original Cast: Mark Brownell, Wendy Lang, Chris Earle, Thom Bell.
“A brisk journey into the world of the city cop, from basic training to on-the-job trials. The cast members make very convincing policemen in this darkly humorous drama about what happens to people who work in a world where they only get to see the worst side of others. Fascinating and compelling.”
Kingston Whig Standard
“The script pulls no punches and the director uses some ingenious blocking techniques. The Blue Wall was the first play staged in the Baby Fringe Theatre Festival and if they are all this good it will be the best theatre you’ll see this year.”
“Pea Green’s tale of the people behind the blue police uniform is one of the Fringe’s most polished shows. The sharp and funny production occasionally hits an uncomfortable nerve in the audience, which is exactly what author and director intend to do.”
Winnipeg Free Press
“Pea Green Productions’ show is topical, with ringing references to recent accusations of police racism and botched investigations.”
Globe and Mail
“This superlative piece of docudrama is a reminder how forcefully theatre can confront social problems – in this case the social isolation, and bully mentally that has grown up in the Toronto police force – by putting aside pretension and speaking to the issue directly.”