The story is more than just historical fact; it has become personal for all of us engaged in the production of this play. Ninety percent of the dialogue comes from actual court transcripts of the survivors and witnesses of the fire, so the story comes alive… And with it, the reality of the people who could not escape.
The actual telling of the “fire scene” takes longer than the actual fire itself.
The most challenging aspect of this project is telling this story in the actual words of the survivors and witnesses in a way that doesn’t distract from the actual trauma of what these people endured. I wanted to make sure we told the story in a respectful way that honours these people.
I must credit our wonderful actors who are seriously committed to ensuring that the words of the survivors and witnesses are heard.