Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | 8:30pm
The year, 2016, marked the 25th anniversary of the publication of a book that Alice Munro once described as “about the best prose to come out of this country for my money.” 2016 also marked the 100th anniversary of the battle that sits at the heart of The Danger Tree – the Battle of the Somme.
In the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, the centenary of the Somme offensive was the occasion of solemn memorial. It was, at the time, the bloodiest battle in human history. But nowhere was that date more honored than in Newfoundland. On July 1st, 1916, the Newfoundland Regiment was almost completely wiped out.
David Macfarlane has collaborated with the gifted musician, composer, and songwriter, Douglas Cameron, to create a ninety-minute performance of spoken word and music that throughout Atlantic Canada and in performance at the Stratford Festival has earned immediate standing ovations from its audiences. More play than reading, more duet than monologue, more concert than story, “The Door You Came In” draws on The Danger Tree but casts the award-winning family memoir in a new and moving contemporary light.
“It’s an old show biz adage,” says Macfarlane. “But in the case of “The Door You Came In” it seems to be literally true. We make audiences laugh. We make them cry. And they leave the theatre humming a tune.”
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