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The Old Church Theatre is proud to present Tales from Bell Island, two productions from Dr. Ian Feltham and an opportunity to draw on the roots of Ian’s love for theatre born of Newfoundland and Labrador.Nightshade is written and directed by Ian and will be followed by Robert Chafe’s Butler’s Marsh where Ian once again wears his director’s hat.
Butler’s Marsh can be found on Bell Island in Conception Bay, Newfoundland. It is just a short drive and ferry ride from St. John’s where Ian Feltham grew up. Ian first saw Robert Chafe’s play Butler’s Marsh almost 20 years ago at the LSPU Hall in downtown St. John’s. This spooky, atmospheric play has stuck with him ever since.
Ian’s love of theatre germinated in the cold snowdrifts of Labrador where he first performed with the Mokami Players. Since his arrival on the “Mainland” he has had the privilege to act,direct and write for the stage in Belleville, Trenton and Brighton.
Robert Chafe is a Governor General’s award winning playwright from Newfoundland. His work has been seen by audiences across Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. With “Butler’s Marsh” he has woven an intimate tale that connects some of the folk legends of rural Newfoundland with a search for answers to questions that may best not be asked.
To complement the production of Butler’s Marsh, Ian has written Nightshade. It also takes us to the woods with a “seasoned” couple on their first date. A strange place for a first date but it is all innocent enough, isn’t it?