Dundas Little Theatre brings Drama at Inish to the stage
By Debra Downey, Senior Editor
Director Peter Llloyd and the cast of Drama at Inish hope to help you beat the winter blues.
Dundas Little Theatre’s next production takes to the stage beginning Jan. 18, and Lloyd promises a collection of “fun yet real characters” whose antics are bound to bring smiles.
Penned by Irish playwright Lennox Robinson, Drama at Inish centres around a touring theatre company that arrives in a small, seaside village. The troupe’s steady diet of drama leads to an outbreak of crime, violence and irrational acts among village inhabitants who start to develop neuroses, complexes and inhibitions.
“The village is full of nice, eccentric people who start to see their lives through Chekhov, Strindberg and Ibsen, with very comic effects,” said Lloyd.
Drama at Inish was originally produced in 1933 and successfully revived in 2009. In 2011, Lloyd viewed the show during a successful run at the Shaw Festival that featured Dundas’ own Jay Turvey as the town constable.
For the Dundas Little Theatre version, Lloyd has selected a “large cast of very experienced and very funny actors and actresses” that includes Jo Skilton, Bruce Edwards, Mike Wierenga, Ruth Flynn, Stephen G. Black, Crystal Jonasson, Gregory Cruikshank, Janice Nutter, Rick Kuipers, Robert K. Brown, Kevin Griffiths and Peter Hawley.
Lloyd, himself, began working at DLT shortly after the Garstin Centre for the Arts opened. He designed DLT's 1982 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream - the first show to use the centre's flexible design. Since then, Lloyd’s career as a director has since taken him to theatres in Toronto, Oshawa, Burlington, Hamilton and Waterdown. He has also acted in a diverse cross-section of plays, but always returns to Dundas Little Theatre.
Lloyd said a general love has kept him involved in theatre, while Dundas, with its versatile Garstin Centre for the Arts, is “a beautiful, creative space to work in.”
Performances of Drama at Inish take place at the Garstin Centre for the Arts, 37 Market St., Jan 18 and 19 at 8 p.m., Jan. 24, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m., Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and Feb. 2, at 8 p.m., along with a matinee on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets for the show are $18, with $13 students/seniors 65-plus discounts for Thursday and Sunday performances only.
Lloyd and his cast hope residents will take advantage of the opportunity to forget the chilly winter weather and enjoy a few laughs.
“We like to put a comedy in this slot because it’s cold, and after Christmas, people may be feeling the blahs,” said Lloyd. “We hope they are nice and warm, happy and amused, and feeling good following an evening out and having a good solid laugh. We hope they feel a little better about walking through the snow out to the parking lot.”
For ticket information or to make a reservation, call 905-627-5266 or visit www.dundaslittletheatre.com .