Bedtime Stories and Other Horrifying Tales

Written by:

Kim Blackwell, Lindy Finlan

Cast Size:
36

Roles For:

  • Indigenous Peoples: 36
  • LGBTQ+: 18
  • Men: 13
  • People of Colour: 36
  • People with Disabilities: 36
  • Women: 23

Genre:

Drama
Horror/Thriller

Themes:

Betrayal
Love
Murder
Xenophobia

Length:

90 min.

Year Written:

2020

Synopsis:

Set on a dark fall night in 1835, Bedtime Stories and Other Horrifying Tales, follows 10-year-old Samuel Deyell as he goes into the darkest night, in search of his missing mother. Samuel is joined on his quest by his two best friends. In the shadows, the children encounter the darkest secrets and most horrifying facets of Millbrook and Cavan.

Characters:

John Deyell – farmer, inn and mill owner
Margaret Deyell – wife of John Deyell
Samuel Deyell – son of John and Margaret Deyell
Maggie Deyell – daughter of John and Margaret Deyell and sister to Samuel
Elizabeth Deyell – cousin, by marriage, to Margaret Deyell
Shadow – a voice in the darkness
Eliza Coe – local girl and friend of Samuel Deyell
Sarah Grandy – local girl and friend of Samuel Deyell
Father Sullivan – a Catholic priest from Cobourg
Eldress Myrna – leader of the Shakers
Shaker Man – member of a religious sect
Shaker Woman – member of a religious sect
Elder Isacar – member of a religious sect
Jeanne – French puppet
Jean – French puppet
Gen – French puppet
Bloody Mary – a figure conjured from nightmares
Paddy Maguire – local Catholic youth who lives in Millbrook
Woman at King’s Arm Tavern – running from drunk men
William – drunk patron at the King’s Arm Tavern
James Deyell – cousin of John Deyell and a drunk
Joseph – drunk patron at the King’s Arm Tavern
John Swain – local Protestant leader
Edward Sutton – son-in-law of John Swain
Dane Swain – son of John Swain
The Great Grimaldi – British actor and clown
Shakers – members of a religious sect
Gravediggers – people who bury the dead from the plague”

First Produced:

1st produced at 4th Line Theatre in October 2020

Resources:

The play can be accessed by emailing the playwright at kim@4thlinetheatre.on.ca or through the Canadian Play Outlet.