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Alice Munro: Red Dress

Based on a short story by one of Canada’s finest writers, Alice Munro (b. 1931), this dramatization deals with the uncertainties and anxieties of adolescence.


Coming to terms with oneself and the opposite sex, finding a foothold in life and gaining self-confidence are all important aspects of growing up and becoming independent. Communication and lack of communication is an underlying theme.

Shy, reserved and suffering from low self-esteem, Alice (13) does not want to go to her high school Christmas dance for fear of being slighted. However, her fearful and reluctant venture into an unknown world takes an unexpected turning as the night of the dance progresses.

The Red Dress

The Red Dress

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You will find more information about Alice Munro, including a link to "Red Dress" and more of her short stories here: Alice Munro

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