The Colony of Unrequited Dreams
An Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland Production
Presented by the Arts & Culture Centre
TOURING October 14-26, 2017
The Colony of Unrequited Dreams is a fictionalized retelling of the story of Joseph R. Smallwood, the man who led Newfoundland into Confederation with Canada and who served as its first premier for 23 years.
Smallwood’s story is anchored and propelled by the fictitious Sheilagh Fielding, a caustic newspaper columnist whose own battles with the past and alcohol addiction find full vent and expression in her tireless dogging of Smallwood’s climb to power.
At its heart, this is the story of a man whose career is buoyed and sometimes sunk by his unresolved feelings for a woman he never allowed himself to love. It is also the story of Newfoundland’s final years as a country, the end of one cultural and political trajectory and the beginning of another.
Based on the novel by Wayne Johnston, adapted for the stage by
Robert Chafe, and directed by
Featuring: Colin Furlong, Carmen Grant, Brian Marler, Jody Richardson, Darryl Hopkins, Steve O’Connell, Paul Rowe, Bernadine Stapleton, and Willow Kean.