Ballad for a Rumrunner’s Daughter

Written by:

Laurie Fyffe

Cast Size:
12

Roles For:

  • Men: 4
  • Women: 6

Genre:

Drama
Historical

Themes:

Canadian History
Nova Scotia
Prohibition
Travel

Year Written:

1995

Synopsis:

“In Ballad for a Rumrunner’s Daughter, haunted by memories of the past, Vivian recalls her sister Clare, a girl consumed by her love of the sea, and her father’s ambitious rum running trade during Prohibition years off the east coast of Nova Scotia’s south shore.” (From the CPO¬†Website)

Characters:

Clare Tanner: Eighteen. Jack Tanner’s youngest daughter. Sister to Vivian.

Girl on the Beach

Vivian: Jack’s elder daughter.

Granuaile: Grace O’Malley. Irish “Pirate Queen” during the reign of Elizabeth 1st.

Melba, Jack’s sister.

Pearl

Jack: Rum runner and bootlegger along the South Shore, Lunenburg County.

Willis: Friend of Jack’s. Fellow bootlegger.

Thomas Stark: Officer with the RCMP. In charge of catching rum runners along the South Shore.

Hirum: Friend to Clare, suitor to Vivian. A minister.

Musicians/Ghost Crew: Two onstage musicians function as Granuaile’s Ghost Crew. They represent various shipwrecked souls she has picked up on her journey during the past five hundred years.

First Produced:

1995, Blyth Festival

Resources:

Ballad for a Rumrunner’s Daughter is available through the CPO Website.

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