As I've said before, Prairie Nurse is a fictional play based on real life folk. And these real life folk worked at a real life tiny community hospital in Saskatchewan in the late sixties. Many of those prairie hospitals are all but gone now, the buildings destroyed and the land sold. Such is the case with the Arborfield hospital...but not entirely.
Arborfield Memorial Hospital was purchased by a lovely family, Tim and Helen Soucy. And what does one do with an old hospital? They turned the nurses' residence into their home and the hospital into their personal garage.
I am so grateful to the Soucy's for inviting my mother and I into their home back in 2007. As you can well imagine it was gloriously emotional and nostalgic for my mom.
The set and costume design for Prairie Nurse was designed by the wonderful Eric Bunnell. He captured the institutional beauty of this once bustling hospital with loving detail, with more than a few homages to the real Arborfield hospital. See if you can spot them!
There are two shows left of Prairie Nurse at the Blyth Festival.