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Theatre Review: Dead Man Brake

The events of the Waterfall train disaster, January 31, 2003, are undeniably tragic, but it takes a gifted playwright to transform tragic events into a theatrical tragedy. While drawing honestly and sensitively upon verbatim sources to construct a full picture of the impact of these events upon a community, Dead Man Brake is a compelling, uplifting and profoundly poetic reflection upon the nature of human suffering. Valentine’s remarkable treatment of her subject is ably supported and amplified by composer/sound designer, Daryl Wallis.