Jack Mitchell

The Plains of Abraham

Before my new Star Wars epic, my main effort to revive epic in English took the form of a historical poem about a key event in Canadian history, the Battle of the Plains of Abraham (1759). This poem, The Plains of Abraham, is an epic geared entirely towards scriptless performance, a kind of one-man show that takes about an hour to perform. Below I describe the poem and its two tours across Canada, the first in 2000 on motorcycle and the second in a much larger tour in 2005.

You are welcome to download a .pdf of the poem.

Poetry in performance

Epic Tour 2000

An account of the poem's first tour across Canada, by motorcycle in 2000.

Epic Tour 2005

An account of the much grander tour of Canada in 2005, when the poem reached more than 40 audiences and received extensive media coverage.