Runs from Wednesday July 31 2019 to Thursday September 5 2019

Approximate running time: 2 hours


Blyth Memorial Community Hall
431 Queen Street
BOX 10
Blyth ON N0M 1H0

Performance Notes

× Few Canadian writers have had the kind of hand- in-work-glove relationship to rural audiences that Dan Needles has had. Winner of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, Needle’s Wingfield series has been performed all over Canada, including on CBC and at the Stratford Festival. Member of the Order of Canada, Needles is well known for his work as an artist with his hand on the plow. Team on the Hill carries all of Needles’ wit and unparalleled observation of farm life into a rich, funny, and moving family drama about life on the home-farm, complete with its nostalgia for the way things used to be, and struggles with succession. The Ransier farm is a working cattle farm. Austin Ransier, the patriarch of the Ransier family, has farmed this land his whole life. An ambitious, hard-working farmer in his youth, Austin now finds himself relegated to mending the fences and sitting like a sentry on the porch. His grandson Larry, fresh from agriculture school, is ready to take on the mantle, and has a wellspring of new ideas from college, and a different approach to the inputs and outputs than those that have kept the farm alive for generations. The Team on The Hill runs from July 31 to September 5.

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