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Runs from Thursday June 22 2023 to Friday September 1 2023

Approximate running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes


Blyth Festival Outdoor Harvest Stage
377 Gypsy Lane
Blyth ON N0M 1H0

Play Notes


The saga begins.
James Donnelly and his wife Johannah, arrive in Lucan, with their infant son.
Having fled the famine, factionalism and violence of old Ireland, they arrive in the New World
and immediately set about clearing land to farm and raising a family. But the promises of
landlords and land agents prove false, and while their family grows, their prospects seem to
only shrink. When an opportunistic settler arrives with his own ambitions and a pocketful of
dark magic from the old country, James and Johannah refuse to be scared off their claim.
An infamous logging bee, a murder charge, a gallows at the Goderich court, and a plea for
mercy, may all change their circumstances, but not their fates.
A rollicking, suspenseful, journey back in time to the start of it all.

* * * A round-trip bus from Stratford is available Friday June 30 (Sticks & Stones), Saturday July 22 (St Nicholas Hotel), Sunday August 13 (Handcuffs). Call the box office for details. 1-877-862-5984* * *

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