Our 2022 Season Line Up
Taking Care of the Browns
by Peter Paylor
Danny’s a teacher. Susan’s a librarian. They’re nice people. They were raised by nice parents. So when Janet needs help moving, they help, despite the fact they don’t know her. And when Janet needs to find a home for her dead parents, they take them in and take care of them. How much trouble could a couple of urns be?
Taking Care of the Browns is a hilarious and heart-warming romantic comedy about family, friends, and dead house guests and a reminder that some old-fashioned things are worth keeping.
By Willy Russell
Wondering what has happened to her youth and feeling stagnant and in a rut, Shirley finds herself regularly alone and talking to the wall while preparing an evening meal of ‘chips and egg’ for her emotionally distant husband. When her best friend offers to pay for a trip-for-two to Greece, she packs her bags, leaves a note on the cupboard door in the kitchen, and heads for a fortnight of rest and relaxation. In Greece, with just a little effort on her part, she rediscovers everything she had been missing about her existence in England. She finds so much happiness, in fact, that when the vacation is over she decides not to return, ditching her friend at the airport and going back to the hotel where she’d been staying to ask for a job and to live a newly self-confident life in which she is at last true to herself.
This Year, Next Year
by Norah Harding
Set in Bournemouth England in 1944, this is a heart-warming story of a mother and her three daughters during the last months of WWII. This is not a story about war, but a touching story of family life during the war – about sisters, family dynamics, ‘unique’ relatives, rationing, air raids and the uncertainty of life itself, but still managing to make the very best of it. And most importantly, falling in love. Based on true events in her own life, this script was written by Norah Harding who came to Canada as a war bride in 1946. It was first produced at Blyth in 1995.
The Lone Rider – A Large Number of Ways to Die in the West
by Matt Kelly
The sheriff of Dry Stone is out of town, leading a posse in hot pursuit of a robber who just held up the local bank. This means that when deputy McCray is shot in town, the responsibility of catching his killer falls upon Percival Potts, an inexperienced greenhorn with allergies and a phobia of horses.
Sound challenging? You bet! Especially since everyone in town has a reason to hate the dead man. Fortunately, Percival is not alone in his search for the killer. A mysterious stranger has just ridden into town, on her own quest for justice, and she is willing to help Percival find the murderer.
The comedy, which raises questions about art and friendship, concerns three long-time friends, Serge, Marc, and Yvan. Serge, indulging his penchant for modern art, buys a large, expensive, completely white painting. Marc is horrified, and their relationship suffers considerable strain as a result of their differing opinions about what constitutes “art”. Yvan, caught in the middle of the conflict, tries to please and mollify both of them.
An Evening of Muses & Mystery
1. The Attic
by Robert Scott
Demi began sorting out the attic, but she’s become obsessed with a letter she’s found. Is it a suicide note? A confession? What’s her connection with the woman from the past?
2. Whistler’s Mother
by Tony Cosier
Did you ever wonder how Whistler came to paint that famous portrait of his mother? Although he painted many young, beautiful women, it is the painting of his stern-faced mother that we all remember. A delightful period romp about how it all came to pass.
Scrooge – The Musical
By Leslie Bricusse