1784: (Un)Settling Antigonish

Written by:

Dorothy Lander

Cast Size:
25

Roles For:

  • Men: 12
  • People of Colour: 6
  • Women: 13

Genre:

Historical

Themes:

Canadian History
Colonialism
Indigenous

Length:

90 min.

Year Written:

2014

Synopsis:

“A theatrical pilgrimage of truth and reconciliation in the popular theatre tradition. United Empire Loyalists (mostly Irish), Black Loyalists, Mi’kmaq, and Acadians return from the dead at the 1784 landing site at Antigonish Harbour to speak truth to history and to acknowledge that we are all treaty people. The pilgrimage begins at the Antigonish Heritage Museum, where the pilgrims meet to take the Community Transit Bus to the landing site and grave site of Antigonish’s first Settlers (Act 1). The nation-to-nation dialogue between the intergenerational and multi-cultural performers takes the form of pilgrims joining each other on a journey as walkers among walkers, often challenging each other’s version of history. Period music of Irish Harp, Flute, Mi’kmaw Drum, and Black Spirituals punctuates the story line. Pilgrims on and off the stage join in songs and healing rituals.” (From the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre Online Catalogue)

Characters:

United Empire Loyalists (mostly Irish) / Black Loyalists / Mi’kmaq / Acadians

First Produced:

2015, Antigonish Heritage Museum

Resources:

1784: (Un)Settling Antigonish is available through Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre.

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Notes:

Play was originally performed as a site-specific piece.

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