REVIEW: Where history and story meet

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The Blyth Festival’s last two of four main-stage productions of 2018 examine roots and identity. Both 1837:The Farmers’ Revolt and Wing Night at the Boot have deep ties to the theatre and to the community. Similarly, both meet at the crossroads of history and story, says Rob Reid of Reid between the lines.

Pairing Wing Night with 1837 was a programming masterstroke by festival artistic director Gil Garratt, who directed the latter. Both plays share artistic pedigree as collective creations and both employ common methods and techniques, he says.

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Cutline: Wing Night at the Boot is written and performed by Daniel Roberts, Georgina Beaty, Nathan Howe, Marion Day, Tony Munch and Graham Cuthbertson. Co-authored and directed by Severn Thompson. Creative team: Anita Nitoly, fight director; Jenna McCutchen, set designer; Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston, costume designer; Itai Erdal, lighting designer; and Heidi Chan, sound designer. Stage management by Christine Oakey and Daniel Oulton. Photo credit: Terry Manzo