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Compulsive Acts

Compulsive Acts

Essays, Interviews, Reflections on the Work of Sky Gilbert

By David Bateman David Bateman

Compulsive Acts explores the films, plays and personality of prolific playwright, novelist, filmmaker and poet Sky Gilbert through the eyes of a handful of the people who have observed his work closely over the past two decades -- as audience members and arts workers. Actors, academics, performance artists, journalists, filmmakers, playwrights, poets and his partner of many years tackle his immense output with a queer eye for the intricacies of a unique and astute aesthetic vision -- a vision that has placed him securely within Canadian Theatre history as an iconic and consistently provocative dramatic force to be reckoned with.


Guernica Editions (Essential Writers Series)


350 pages |

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When spending time with Sky’s multiple characters, we are reminded that they are constructed out of tiny and discrete elements. But, when they appear on the stage, the page or on film, their figures are monumental, often reflecting back onto the people who play them -- more than the sum of all their parts.

Keith Cole


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About the author

Compulsive Acts editor David Bateman is a performance poet, literature and creative writing instructor, journalist, and visual artist living and working in Toronto.