His story in our Canada of a man who dressed for the times & displayed a tremendous amount of (sometimes alcohol-fueled) passion for this mammoth of a country. Creative Director Adam Brazier & co. put 9 weeks of research & writing into this fitting tribute to Sir John A. MacDonald. This show which played at The Mack in Charlottetown is in the beginning stages a 12-city national tour in recognition of Sir John A. Macdonald’s 2015 bicentennial. There is also a fantastic exhibit at the Confederation Centre to commemorate this Canadian icon & theatre event.
The show features the talents of Matthew James Donovan as Sir John A. Macdonald, Josée Boudreau as wife Mrs. Macdonald, Réjean Cournoyer as his right hand man George-Étienne Cartier, & Cameron MacDuffee as arch-nemisis George Brown. These actors also filled in as other characters as well.
To start off the show there were visuals of map changes, historical photos and live-action sand drawings by Québec artist Marie Linda Bluteau. A quartet of bilingual singers reciting facts from his early days in Kingston, the family hardships, his battle against the bottle, the wives & ill-fated children to his passionate political challenges.
The story paints a truthful picture of Canada’s political climate in the mid to late 1800’s. I loved the headlines on the screen as the story unfolded. Some showed the triumphs of a growing nation, some of the darkside of our history in regards to the treatment of Aboriginals & the Chinese.
I loved the quotes, the songs, & the way the stories were told of how Canada found confederation, how the railways came to be built, how Ottawa was chosen as our Nations capital, & the beginnings of the Mounties. Sir John A. MacDonald thrived in tough era & there is no denying the impact he had in the shaping of this great country.
The next stop is in Fredericton & the schedule can be found at http://www.thesirjohnatour.ca/en/tour