The Trials of Maggie Pollock

Show Info

Cast

Creative Team

Caroline Gillis

Role: Maggie
Categories: The Trials of Maggie Pollock

Caroline is very happy to return to the Blyth Festival where she was last seen in Cake Walk and In the Wake of Wetlaufer. Previous shows at the festival include Leaving Home, Anne and Barnboozled among others.  She was most recently seen in Queen Maeve (Here for Now Theatre) and Draw Me Close (Soulpepper Theatre/NFB). Other credits include: New Magic Valley Fun Town (Prairie Theatre Exchange/Tarragon/Neptune), Innocence Lost (Soulpepper Theatre), Alice Munro Stories (Belfry Theatre) and Liv Stein (Canadian Stage). She has appeared in theatres across Canada including the National Arts Centre and the Stratford Festival

Caroline Gillis

Maggie

Caroline is very happy to return to the Blyth Festival...

Amy Keating

Role: Younger Woman
Categories: The Trials of Maggie Pollock

Amy is a settler of Irish and Scottish descent from Treaty 6 territory in the Prairies. She’s a Dora Award-winning actor, and founding member and Artistic Associate of Outside the March in Toronto. Amy is delighted to return to Blyth after playing Clair in The Chronicles of Sarnia last year. Fave theatre: Trojan Girls; The Flick; Mr. Marmalade (OtM); Cathleen in Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Stratford); Laura in The Glass Menagerie (The Grand); Claudia in I, Claudia (TiFT). Fave TV credits: Ginny & Georgia (Netflix); Reacher (Prime); Murdoch Mysteries (CBC).
Thanks to Gil and the Festival for inviting her back, and love to her family, her partner Mitchell, and her cats Rosencatz and Guildenpurr.

Amy Keating

Younger Woman

Amy is a settler of Irish and Scottish descent from...

J.D. Nicholsen

Role: Older Man
Categories: The Trials of Maggie Pollock

For Blyth: 9th season; Barn Dance Live, Death of the Hired Man, Dear Johnny Deere (for which he won the Calgary Critics Award), Billy Bishop Goes to War, St. Anne’s Reel, If Truth Be Told, Our Beautiful Sons: The Matthew Dinning Story, and The Pigeon King, which also ran at The National Arts Centre;. Appeared in the title role for the Blyth Festival/Charlottetown Festival co-production of The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom. Jack made his directorial debut at Blyth Festival with Jewel in 2021. A professional actor and musician spanning 40 years, Jack has appeared on stages in every major city and countless towns in all provinces. He has 100+ stage, film, and television roles to his credit. He is a guitarist, singer and songwriter in two bands; The Cameron Family Singers and Regal Road (featuring members of The Pigeon King collective). He dreams of performing in the north. Jack is honoured to be in Blyth for the 50th season with it’s engaged theatre community, and to play in two world premieres in one of Canada’s most innovative and important theatres. 

J.D. Nicholsen

Older Man

For Blyth: 9th season; Barn Dance Live, Death of the...

Cameron Laurie

Cameron Laurie

Role: Younger Man
Categories: The Trials of Maggie Pollock

Cameron is thrilled to return home to Blyth for another season. His past Blyth credits include last season’s The Donnellys: A Trilogy,  as well as The Drawer Boy and Our Beautiful Sons: Remembering Matthew Dinning. Cameron is also a Founder and Artistic Leader of The Howland Company, where he has performed in a number of shows including Heroes of the Fourth Turning, Prodigal, Three Sisters, Punk Rock and Casimir & Caroline, for which he won a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Ensemble. Cameron wants to thank Gil and Rachael and the whole Blyth team.

 

Cameron Laurie

Younger Man

Cameron is thrilled to return home to Blyth for another...

Susan Stackhouse

Role: Older Woman
Categories: The Trials of Maggie Pollock

Blyth Credits: Glenn (The Eyes of Heaven by Beverley Cooper, directed by Gina Wilkinson); Bert (World Without Shadows by Lance Woolaver, directed by Gil Garratt). Susan is thrilled to be back on the boards working with this extraordinary company. Earlier in her career, Susan spent 16 seasons at the Shaw Festival. Most recently she played in Josh MacDonald’s award-winning #IAMTHECHEESE, directed by Ann-Marie Kerr (Eastern Front Theatre and HTYP). She performed with Jeremy Webb in Under Milk Wood (Off the Leash), appeared as Nurse in Shakespeare in Love and Romeo and Juliet, Nat in Rabbit Hole (TNS Robert Merritt Award), and Nana in For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again (Neptune Theatre). Susan is a recipient of the Theatre Nova Scotia Legacy Award and has recently retired from the Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie University.

Susan Stackhouse

Older Woman

Blyth Credits: Glenn (The Eyes of Heaven by Beverley Cooper,...

Heidi Chan

Role: Sound Design & Original Music
Categories: The Trials of Maggie Pollock - Creative Team

Heidi Chan composes and performs music, and designs sound for theatre and dance. Heidi plays bamboo flutes, percussion (including Japanese taiko drums), and modular synthesizers. 

For Blyth: Wing Night at the Boot (2018), Team on the Hill (2019), Café Daughter (2021).

Select theatre credits: Titus Andronicus 2.0, Macbeth (Tang Shu-Wing Studio, Hong Kong); Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe, UK); Iphigenia and the Furies (On Taurian Land) (Sagacollectif/Architect/Passe Muraille); The Tempest (Company of Fools); Trojan Girls and the Outhouse of Atreus, No Save Points (Outside the March); Anahita’s Republic (Bustle & Beast); A Number (That Arts Group); Waterfall (Theatre Gargantua). https://linktr.ee/heidiwychan

Heidi Chan

Sound Design & Original Music

Heidi Chan composes and performs music, and designs sound for...

Beverley Cooper

Role: Playwright
Categories: The Trials of Maggie Pollock - Creative Team

This is Beverley’s 5th premiere in Blyth. Previously: The Eyes of Heaven, The Lonely Diner, If Truth Be Told and Innocence Lost: A Play about Steven Truscott (finalist for the Governor General’s Award). Other plays include Janet Wilson Meets the Queen (nominated for Prix Rideau Award) and Jim Watts, Girl Reporter playing this summer at 4th Line Theatre (featuring a cast of 29!) Beverley holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and is on the faculty of the Humber School for Writers. She has directed over 45 audiobooks for Penguin Random House and is a recipient of the Bra D’or Award, recognizing her support for women playwrights.

Beverley Cooper

Playwright

This is Beverley’s 5th premiere in Blyth. Previously: The Eyes...

Staci Hanley

Role: Stage Manager
Categories: The Trials of Maggie Pollock - Creative Team

For Blyth: Debut.

Other theatre: Select credits include Chapter Two (Stage West), The Marriage of Figaro, Cinderella (Calgary Opera), Grease (Western Canada Theatre), Sound of Music (Arts Club), Halfway There, Hurry Hard (Lighthouse Festival), Hairspray, Elf: The Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beauty and the Beast and more (Theatre Aquarius), A Few Good Men, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Ghost: The Musical and more (Drayton Entertainment).

Other: Staci is an honours graduate of the Technical Production for Theatre program at Sheridan College majoring in Stage Management. Staci would like to thank her friends and family for all their support.

Staci Hanley

Stage Manager

For Blyth: Debut. Other theatre: Select credits include Chapter Two...

Ann-Marie Kerr

Role: Director
Categories: The Trials of Maggie Pollock - Creative Team

An award-winning theatre director, actor, mentor and teacher. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally.

Select directing: Dear Rita (Tweed Theatre Company); Mamma Mia (Citadel High School, Halifax); Versus (Summerworks 2024); In Lieu of Flowers (Neptune Theatre); 7 Stories (Fountain School of Performing Arts, Halifax NS); One Discordant Violin (2b theatre company Halifax; NYC, Mumbai India, Montreal); #IAmTheCheese (Halifax Theatre for Young People/EFT Stages Festival); Frequencies (Heist, Halifax, NAC); Concord Floral (FSPA, Dalhousie); Secret Life of A Mother (Theatre Centre, Crow’s Theatre); Bed and Breakfast (Soulpepper); A Christmas Carol (Theatre New Brunswick); Daughter (Theatre Centre; Summerworks, London UK; Intl tour); Snake in the Grass (Neptune Theatre); I, Claudia (Globe and Neptune Theatre); Stranger to Hard Work (Cathy Jones, Eastern Front Theatre, Ntl tour); The Circle (Alberta Theatre Projects); The Debacle (Zuppa Theatre); Invisible Atom (2b theatre company, Halifax, Intl. tour).

A 2022 Siminovitch Prize finalist for Direction; Former Artistic Associate of Magnetic North Theatre Festival; Winner of Dora Mavor Moore and Robert Merritt awards; Inaugural winner of the Gina Wilkinson Award for Female Directors; Nova Scotia Masterworks Finalist 2012.

Ann-Marie Kerr

Director

An award-winning theatre director, actor, mentor and teacher. Her work...

Shawn Kerwin

Role: Set Design
Categories: The Trials of Maggie Pollock - Creative Team

Shawn is thrilled to be back at Blyth to celebrate this anniversary year. She has designed over 20 productions for Blyth, going back to 1977. Her work has been seen across Canada and internationally. Recent work includes set design for Come From Away (Gander), set & costume design; The Lehman Trilogy, Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Class (Belfry), The Goat, The Bakkhai (Stratford), Sea Sick (international tour). She has designed for Mirvish Productions, Artistic Fraud, Soulpepper, Charlottetown Festival, Signal Theatre, and others. In 2017 she co-created, with Jillian Keiley, the 150-person outdoor performance float in St. John’s. Shawn was a full-time faculty member in York University’s Department of Theatre and Performance for over 20 years, having taught her last classes this past spring.

Shawn Kerwin

Set Design

Shawn is thrilled to be back at Blyth to celebrate...

Alicia Salverda

Role: Assistant Stage Manager
Categories: The Trials of Maggie Pollock - Creative Team

Alicia is thrilled to be returning to the Blyth Festival for a second season. Last year she worked as an apprentice stage manager at the Harvest Stage on The Donnellys: A Trilogy.  She is looking forward to her new role as an assistant stage manager.

Alicia Salverda

Assistant Stage Manager

Alicia is thrilled to be returning to the Blyth Festival...

Severn Thompson

Role: Dramaturge
Categories: The Trials of Maggie Pollock - Creative Team

Severn is a director, theatre creator, actor, and associate artistic director for Blyth Festival who began her career here. While still in high school, she appeared in The Cookie War and Fires in the Night, followed later by plays such as Local Talent, Seeds, and last year’s Chronicles of Sarnia. As a director, previous productions include Beyond the Farm Show, Team on the Hill, Wing Night at the Boot, and The Pigeon King. Other directing credits include Candida (Shaw Festival, ’24), Measure for Measure (Shakespeare in High Park) and Peter Pan (Bad Hats/Soulpepper). An alumna of Blyth’s Young Company, Severn is thrilled to be part of the Festival’s 50th season.

Severn Thompson

Dramaturge

Severn is a director, theatre creator, actor, and associate artistic...

Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston

Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston

Role: Costume Design
Categories: The Trials of Maggie Pollock - Creative Team

Blyth Credits: The Donnellys: A TrilogyThe Drawer Boy, Jewel, Huron County Christmas Carol,  Wing Night at the Boot, Kitchen Radio, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Innocence Lost, Against the Grain, The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom, Queen Milli of Galt, Schoolhouse, The Thirteenth One, Test Drive, Overboard!, Barndance Live!

Jennifer is honoured to be working on three new productions for Blyth’s 50th season! Jennifer has been fascinated with the language of clothes since she was a teenager and the study of clothing is her passion. She is a designer, educator, creator and purveyor of costume and fashion.  Jennifer is the owner of Pick a Posie Vintage – just down the street at the corner of Wellington and Queen. Drop by for a visit!

 

Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston

Costume Design

Blyth Credits: The Donnellys: A Trilogy, The Drawer Boy, Jewel, Huron County Christmas...

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Book Tickets From

$

45-$50

Show Times:

Jul 31 - Aug 29, 2024

Runtime:

Approx 2h 20mins

Performance:

Venue:

Memorial Hall

Ticket Deals:

Youth: $20

Previews: $40

          Groups: $43 (one complimentary ticket per 20 people)

The Trials of Maggie Pollock
by Beverley Cooper

Memorial Hall – World Premiere


Seer? Swindler? Sorcerer? The true story of the last woman in Canada to be convicted of witchcraft…and who just so happened to have been born in Blyth! Arrested on her home farm just outside of town, held in the historic Gaol near Lake Huron, and tried in Goderich court, her case went all the way to the Supreme Court of Ontario. Long after the arrival of the telephone, the motor-car, and the electric light bulb, Maggie Pollock faced off against official superstition in Canada’s courts.

Runs from Wednesday, July 31, 2024 to Thursday, August 29, 2024
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

Generously supported by:

The Margaret and Andrew Stephens Family Foundation

Join us before the Opening Night peformance of The Trials of Maggie Pollock for a Witchy Wonders Mini-Market.

Friday, August 2
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Lower Hall

Have a mini-tarot card or astrological chart reading done and learn more about wiccan ways! Crystals, tarot decks and tea for sale from the Wonky Frog. 

Play Showings

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The Trials of Maggie Pollock (Preview)Wednesday31 July 20248:00 PM
The Trials of Maggie Pollock (Preview)Thursday01 August 20248:00 PM
The Trials of Maggie Pollock (Opening)Friday02 August 20248:00 PM
The Trials of Maggie PollockTuesday06 August 20248:00 PM
The Trials of Maggie PollockWednesday07 August 20242:00 PM
The Trials of Maggie PollockThursday08 August 20242:00 PM
The Trials of Maggie PollockSaturday10 August 20248:00 PM
The Trials of Maggie PollockSaturday17 August 20242:00 PM
The Trials of Maggie PollockFriday23 August 20248:00 PM
The Trials of Maggie PollockSaturday24 August 20242:00 PM
The Trials of Maggie PollockSunday25 August 20242:00 PM
The Trials of Maggie PollockTuesday27 August 20242:00 PM
The Trials of Maggie PollockWednesday28 August 20242:00 PM
The Trials of Maggie PollockThursday29 August 20242:00 PM