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posted by max haiven on Apr 14, 2015 - View profile


Tompkinsville (Mayworks Festival)

- 10:30pm
Sunday May 3 2015

Venue: Grafton Street Dinner Theatre
Address: 1741 Grafton St
Cost: $15

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Written by Lindsay Kyte
Music by Ian Sherwood
Directed by Burgandy Code
May 3 – $15
Grafton Street Dinner Theatre
2 hours, including intermission

What if someone told you you could have the life of which you’ve always dreamed? All you have to do is live dangerously and create furiously — together. Once upon a time, a group of miners did just that. TOMPKINSVILLE is the true story of a Cape Breton mining town transformed from despondency to independence thanks to a rebel priest’s belief we can all become “masters of our own destiny” — with a book in one hand and our neighbour’s hand in the other. TOMPKINSVILLE, a stage play by Lindsay Kyte, is the story of Father Jimmy Tompkins, Joe Laben, Mary Arnold and the roots of the credit union and co-operative movement.

Ripe with East Coast humour, fierce with the fight for survival and uplifting with hope, love and faith in fellow man, TOMPKINSVILLE features original music by Ian Sherwood naturalistically within. From rousing strike songs to soft lullabies to toe-tapping Cape Breton ditties, TOMPKINSVILLE’s music enhances Joe Laben’s quest to get a home for his family — leading him to become more than he ever dreamed he could be through the irascible Father Jimmy’s belief that together, we can do ten times what we think we can.

Presenting Partners:

Grafton Street Dinner Theatre
Federated Co-operatives
Ontario Arts Council
Canada Council for the Arts



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