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Farmgate Theatre

Inaugural season for rural venue in Bonshaw

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Farmgate Theatre will launch its inaugural season at Finally Farm in Bonshaw, with a special concert featuring Dave Gunning on September 10 and The Road To Belong, a rural theatrical adventure, on September 11 and 12.

Cameron MacDuffee and Karen Graves launched Farmgate Theatre, a new theatre company on PEI, in May. The company will create original theatrical works and present them outdoors at Finally Farm (their farm in Bonshaw) and at traditional theatres in the region. Their first production, The Good Time Radio Variety Show, is currently playing at the Victoria Playhouse on weekends to August 28.

Farmgate will launch their inaugural season of performances, kicking it off with a concert featuring Dave Gunning at 8 pm on September 10, followed by four performances of their new theatrical work, The Road to Belong, at 1 pm and 4 pm daily on September 11 and 12.

The concert will be held at the new venue at Finally Farm—The Campfitheatre—an intimate amphitheatre centred around a fire. The artist will perform acoustically for the audience while they sit under the stars and listen to live music by firelight.

The Road to Belong is an original theatrical work created collectively by 16 professional PEI artists, including performers Julain Molnar, Julie Pellissier-Lush, Greg Gale, Alicia Toner, Jan Rudd and Cameron MacDuffee, musicians Karen Graves, Jeffrey Bazett-Jones and Adam Hill, writers Bren Simmers, David Weale and Kendi Tarichia, dancer Reequal Smith, and visual artist Bruce Horak. The production is directed by Charlotte Gowdy and stage managed by Megan MacDonald.

The Road to Belong looks at the idea of belonging—with self, with others and with nature. The themes are explored through theatre, music, dance and poetry, and have the audience travelling around the farm as the story unfolds in the fields and meadows, gardens and forests.

Tickets are available online at farmgatetheatre.ca. Finally Farm is located at 1275 Appin Road, Bonshaw.