Ten Lost Years
"Onstage, Ten Lost Years was a complex collage of storytelling and music, and the words spoken by the 10 actors came directly from the pages of the book. Luscombe was a pioneer of this kind of documentary drama that told stories about the Canadian working class. Critic Jack Kapica wrote in the Montreal Gazette that Ten Lost Years 'packs an emotional wallop long unmatched in the annals of Canadian theatre.' Over a two-year period, more than 66,000 Canadians saw the play in the course of 42 weeks of touring in all 10 provinces."
First staged in 1974 by Toronto Workshop Productions, Ten Lost Years was an example of the collaborative production techniques pioneered by TWP founder and director George Luscombe. It was later produced on CBC Television. CBC.ca named it as one of 14 plays that changed Canadian theatre.
CBC: The 14 Plays That Changed Everything for Canadian Theatre
Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia: Ten Lost Years
Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia: Toronto Workshop Productions
Wikipedia: Great Depression in Canada
Born in Bournemouth, England, Cedric Smith came to Canada aged 10, dropped out of school to become a folksinger and later took up acting. He won a Gemini award for his role in the TV series Road to Avonlea.
George Luscombe grew up in Toronto, studied theatre in England, and in 1958 founded what became Toronto Workshop Productions, of which he was director until 1986. He favoured collaborative productions and adaptations of non-theatrical material.
Born in Moose Jaw and educated in Montreal and Toronto, Jack Winter wrote plays, films, TV scripts, fiction and nonfiction, and taught theatre and creative writing at several universities in Canada and the U.K.
Barry Broadfoot was born in Winnipeg in 1921 and started work as a reporter at the age of 17. He worked as a journalist and oral historian, travelling across Canada to interview many ordinary people for books about the Great Depression, World War II and other topics.