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Our Eliza Heads Home For The Iceberg Festival June 2013
May 16th , 2013
St. John’s—Poverty Cove Theatre Company (PCTC) in Association with Arts and Culture Centre (ACC) is thrilled to announce the forthcoming spring tour of Megan Coles’ Our Eliza. Originally directed by renowned theatre veteran Lois Brown, the Our Eliza tour production has been remounted under the watchful eye of emerging director Shannon Hawes. The powerful original work tells the story of a rural Newfoundland community through a father daughter relationship and features the immensely talented Greg Malone, Renee Hackett and Steve Lush.
Our Eliza premiered its sold out run at the Barbara Barrett Theatre in St. John’s during February 2013. It then went on to sell out a second weekend of performances in the A.C. Hunter Library. Audience response to the play has been resoundingly enthusiastic with Gordon Jones of the Telegram calling Our Eliza “… deft and humourous in scripting and performance”.
Coles, originally from Savage Cove, says she is thrilled to be taking Our Eliza on tour and that it was the first play she wrote while at theatre school in Montreal
“I was very hesitant to declare myself a playwright at the time, especially in conversations with my family in rural Newfoundland. I was also feeling homesick. Writing the play was like going home for a couple hours
everyday and I was very grateful to visit even in this small way.”
The Our Eliza spring tour commences at the Stages Theatre Festival in Halifax May 29th-June 1st before embarking on a month long tour of the island commencing at the Iceberg Festival on the Northern Peninsula.
PCTC, co-founded by Megan Coles and Shannon Hawes, is an emerging theatre company interested in altering perceptions of what theatre is and where it happens. Hawes says she is delighted to be taking this story to the
place it was born out of.
“To be a part of presenting Megan’s work to the people and place that inspired Our Eliza is truly an honour. We
could not have done so without the encouragement and support of the ACC .”
Our Eliza is PCTC’s second production and first tour. Showtime 8pm. June 7th & 8th Sandy Cove Lions Club, June 9th Bird Cove Community Building, June 10th St. Anthony Elementary. Tickets $20. For information regarding
tickets and additional dates to be added visit Poverty Cove Theatre Company on Facebook, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 709 456 2529.
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“[Our Eliza is]A true depiction of what life was like growing up in rural Newfoundland & Labrador not so long ago. It is masterfully crafted – capturing the audience from the first soundbite as it works its way through a powerful coming of age story.” Straits-White Bay North MHA Christopher Mitchelmore