GMTF 2016 Season

June 15, 2016

The Gros Morne Theatre Festival 2016 season is shaping up to be one of our best ever!

This year, see comedies, dramas, music, and more at our annual festival in Cow Head.

Book your tickets online today to see:

As Loved our Fathers by Tom Cahill; directed by Jeff Pitcher
Fierce political and religious conflict divides a Newfoundland family in 1948, the critical year when the citizens choose between independence and confederation with Canada. Told with sensitivity, a sense of humour and deeply held passions by one Newfoundland’s favourite playwrights.

The Best of Newfoundland Vinyl conceived by Jeff Pitcher; directed by Allison Crowe
Four years of Newfoundland Vinyl shows and this year we’re presenting the greatest hits! Hits of the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s by Newfoundland’s biggest recording stars come to life with the hilarious Ed as show host! For your toe-tapping, tear-jerking enjoyment the music and songs of Ryan’s Fancy, Harry Hibbs, Gary O’Driscoll, Ron Hynes, Joan Morrissey and more! And this year with the added bonus of a show that features our very own director and recording star Allison Crowe! A magical evening of music and madness from the stage in the Ethie Room at the Shallow Bay Motel in Cow Head!

The S.S. Ethie Dinner Theatre by Shane Ellis Coates; directed by Adam Brake and Jeff Pitcher
Our dinner theatre originally opened at the inaugural Gros Morne Theatre Season in 1996 and has been playing to full houses ever since. The coastal steamer Ethie is docking once again at the Shallow Bay Motel for another wondrous journey back to December 1919 for her final voyage. Join Captain English, Cassie Brown and First Mate Gullage along with the colourful crew as they recreate the tale of how she came to rest on the rocks of Martins Point.

Our Fanny by Berni Stapleton; directed by Jeff Pitcher
A WORLD PREMIERE! An extraordinary new play celebrating the life and heroism of Frances Cluett, VAD. Fanny was born and lived in Belleoram, Newfoundland. In 1916, she joined the Volunteer Aid Detachment and was shipped overseas to London, ultimately serving for four years at the 10th General Hospital in Rouen, France. The play is inspired by her many letters to home, detailing the horrors and heartbreak she witnessed, and revealing how her humor and resilience captured the love and loyalty of all she encountered.

Brazil Square by Berni Stapleton; directed by Amy House
A comedic, irreverent and ultimately poignant new play about the once iconic boarding house district of St. John’s. In a theatrical tour-de-force 5 actors play over 20 characters taking us on a crazy rollercoaster ride through 4 decades with all the humour, wisdom and eccentricity the Square has to offer. Come visit Mrs. Kent’s Boarding Establishment where it is said ” Brazil Square is a Mecca, my son. A Mecca.”

Neddy Norris Night directed by Stephanie Payne
You don’t have to travel far in Newfoundland and Labrador to hear our traditional music – it’s a cultural touchstone, both a shared experience and a national badge of honour. With its narrative power, distinctive sound and strong links to Western Europe, traditional music represents the province’s history and culture, and forms a vital link between the past and present. For many it’s also a proud and powerful manifestation of the “unique Newfoundland and Labrador character.”

The Memorial Show conceived by Jeff Pitcher
The Memorial Show is an intimate, respectful and entertaining piece of theatre, which tells the story of each of the 16 soldiers whose names are etched in the Cow Head War Memorial. The performance will be interlaced with World War I songs and poetry, along with the personal and service stories of these young men. This is a four-year project. This summer’s Memorial Show will highlight the personal and service stories of four of those soldiers, while touching on the stories of the eight men who featured in the 2014 & 2015 performances.

Who’s Darkening Our Door Tonight?
Monday July 4:  Daniel Payne
Monday July 25:  Karaoke Night
Monday, August 1:  Streel
Friday, August 5:  Allison Crowe
Monday, August 8:  Between Breaths by Artistic Fraud
Monday, August 15:  Stephanie Payne & Marquita Walsh
Monday August 22:  Daniel Payne & Stephanie Payne