Onion Skins & Peach Fuzz: The Farmerettes
by Alison Lawrence
Inspired by the book by Bonnie Sitter & Shirleyan English
Harvest Stage and Memorial Hall – World Premiere
Inspired by the book by Bonnie Sitter & Shirleyan English, Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: Memories of the Ontario Farmerettes; this nostalgic play dramatizes the incredible stories of Canada’s Farmerettes; young women all over the country who left the big cities to work as farm labourers on Canadian farms as part of the war effort during WW2. Many of these young women learned a lot more than how to dig potatoes, pull carrots, and muck a stall; they learned essential truths about who they were, who they wanted to be, and what true and lasting friendships looked like. A play about coming of age as young women in a time of change.
Eleven performances of Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz will be performed at the outdoor Harvest Stage.
Runs from Wednesday, August 14, 2024 to Saturday, August 31, 2024 on the Harvest Stage
Runs Tuesday, September 3-7, 2024 indoors at Memorial Hall
Approximate running time: 2 hours and 20 minutes
Tickets on sale to members by phone starting February 5, 2024
Tickets on sale to the general public by phone and website starting April 2, 2024
About the artwork:
The season images were a delightful collection of locally significant storylines which I had the joy of working with for the last month. Gil approached me to do a series of Lino cut prints for the season posters and I agreed that the technique would be a fantastic link between the stories as both nod to a long history before them.
Gil and I went through the play descriptions together and brainstormed images for each play. He gave me a reference photo for The Farm Show play, as he had an original photograph of pioneers of Blyth Theatre acting out the tractor scene, as well as the one for Saving Graceland which I think felt personally significant to him.
The rest of the images I sourced or designed myself, for example the woman on the poster for Peach Fuzz. They came out of searching for examples of Ontario Farmerettes. I love this image so much because the girls remind me of the woman I worked with at Firmly Rooted Farm, using manual tools out in the field together all day long. I can feel the bond they have between them. –Autumn Ducharme, artist