In Development for our 2017-18 Season
A Resource Centre for the Arts Theatre Company production in partnership with The Arts and Culture Centres.
Supported by The City of St. John’s and The Honour 100 Grants Programme.
Written by Edward Riche
Directed by Charlie Tomlinson
On July 1, 1924 Field Marshall Douglas Haig, Commander of The British Expeditionary Force in World War I comes to St. John’s to dedicate the National War Memorial. A groom from the Governor’s stables (and wartime prisoner of the Bolsheviks who may have radicalized him), Charles Edgecombe, is assigned to help Haig dress for the occasion. Once dressed, Haig is obliged to submit to an interview by a young local journalist, Miss Drover, a suffragette and nurse to a brother horribly wounded, mentally, spiritually and physically in the war. These three characters cannot but come to debate and disagree about the causes of the World War and its consequences, about colonialism and capitalism, about patriotism and duty, about the horrors of the past and the hopes for the future, about modernity itself.
Stay tuned for more details about the 2017-18 fully realized production!
A Pantomime by Rory Lambert
In Development for our 2017-18 Season
Stay tuned for more details as we develop this exciting new Christmas Pantomime. We can guarantee this will be fun for the whole family!
Men of Misfortune by Charles Picco
Charles is a Newfoundland born playwright and screenwriter. He studied acting at the School of Fine Arts in Corner Brook, Newfoundland; playwrighting at the National Theatre School of Canada; and film and television writing at the Canadian Film Centre. He was the Co-Creator/Consulting Producer of the Bell Media/half hour comedy horror TV series Todd and The Book of Pure Evil. The series ran for 2 seasons in Canada on the SPACE, COMEDY AND MUCHMUSIC channels, as well as the FEARNET and CHILLER channels in the US and the SCI-FI Channel in the UK. He was nominated for a Gemini Award and a Canadian Screen Award for his writing work on that series. The Todd and the Book of Pure Evil feature film will be released in 2017. His half hour comedy series Job Land was recently in development with producer Paul Pope and Shaw Media (Global Network). Short films include: End of the Road and Karaoke Cowboy. Screenplays include: Evil Nature, Die Already and Slap Me Sober. A co-founder of Bare Boards Theatre, Charles was also a member of the Tarragon Playwrights Unit and has been playwright in residence at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille and Playwrights Workshop Montreal. His plays — Shelter, The Road, The Mourning and Composure — have been produced at Cahoots Theatre Projects, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and the SummerWorks Festival. He was fortunate to have these plays directed by such well-respected Toronto directors as Marion deVries, Kelly Thornton, Edward Roy and Dean Gabourie. He wrote the book and lyrics for the musical comedy Let The Boy Sing which was produced in Bay Roberts by Gussied Up Productions in 2015. His most recent play Dreaming Elsewhere, directed by Ruth Lawrence and featuring Andy Jones and Amy House, received a public reading in St.John’s in 2017. He also wishes he could have written The Metamorphosis, Waiting for Godot, Escape From New York, Zen Arcade and a thousand other great novels, plays, films and albums. Charles lives in Carbonear with his wife Kimberly, son Spencer, 4 chickens, 5 cats and 20,000 honeybees.
Men of Misfortune showcases the extraordinary talents of Andy Jones and Greg Malone. Henry and Lester are brothers. Lester is quiet, timid and solitary. Henry is loud, mean and dangerous. They have not seen each other in thirty years. Henry comes home to visit Lester. Lester hopes that the visit will be short. Henry intends to stay forever. Since being in development at RCAT the play has received two successful workshops and the fantastic dramaturgy of Edward Riche. We are excited to see what the next steps are for Men of Misfortune in the coming seasons – we’ll keep you posted!
The Silent Time
Written by Paul Rowe
The Silent Time is a stage adaptation of Paul Rowe’s 2007 novel of the same name.
Set in the early decades of the 20th century, The Silent Time tells the story of Leona and Dulcie Merrigan, an outport woman and her deaf child, who enter into a curiously symbiotic relationship with a disillusioned politician named William Cantwell. The novel, published by Creative Book Publishing, was a finalist for the Winterset Award, the NL Heritage and History Award, and was long-listed for the ReLit Awards.
In 2009, Paul was commissioned by Rising Tide Theatre to adapt the novel to the stage. After three weeks of rehearsal and dramaturgy in the fall of 2009, the play opened for a short run at the Trinity Festival.
In 2010, The Silent Time opened in the main stage season for 20 performances. The play featured Michelle Rex and Paul Rowe in the lead roles of Leona and William, with Tina Randell, Larry Barry, Charles Tomlinson, Meghan Greeley (and others) in supporting roles.