"Tales of pioneer hardship and deprivation have been told many times. Yet still we remember in wonder, that people accomplished so much with so little; that men and women with simple tools, their bare hands, and their own inventiveness cleared the land, drained the swamps, made their own clothing and provided their own food. Through all these difficulties God was with them and they wanted their children educated intellectually and spritually." from Norfolk Street United Church history

Thursday, July 21, 2011

British Columbia Theatre Group Presents HOMECHILD by Joan MacLeod

COURTNEY, B.C. July 21, 2011 - One of BC's premier community theatre companies, Courtenay Little Theatre, is preparing a production of Homechild by Joan MacLeod.
This wonderful, humorous and moving play will be presented in the Sid Williams Theatre, Courtenay, Vancouver Island, 2011 September 30, October 1, 2 [matinee], 6, 7, & 8.

In the play Homechild, Alistair is a retired farmer who arrived in Ontario as a British home child in 1922. In his old age, with his farm no longer viable, Alistair is cared for by his sister-in-law Flora and his son Ewan.

He secretly longs for Katie, the younger sister he was forced to leave behind in Scotland. When Alistair suffers a stroke, his deeply buried knowledge of Katie's existence is released. His daughter Lorna determines to locate this long lost member of her family.

For members of the home child community and their next generation, this play will have the ring of truth. Joan MacLeod has thoroughly researched her story and writes with compassion, tears and laughter. Director Ross Stephanson is working with a talented and sympathetic cast who will do full justice to this important part of Canadian history.

Courtenay Little Theatre would be so pleased if people with connections to the home child programs could come to the presentation of this fine play.

To obtain tickets for this upcoming production, please contact Sid William Theatre, Courtenay, B.C. 250-338-2420, www.sidwilliamstheatre.com

Alana Gowdy
Courtenay Little Theatre

PS - For those far away, they may encourage other theatre groups to produce it.

According to the archives, this play was in Toronto Jan 2006
and Vancouver Mar 12-Apr 12 2009

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