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Tempting Providence - a live play:

Sun. February 12th - Sun. February 12th Duncan United Church Duncan BC (All Ages)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm doors at 7
Other Dates / Times
Feb. 2, 2023 7:30 doors at 7
Feb. 3, 2023 7:30 doors at 7
Feb. 4, 2023 2:30 doors at 2:00
Feb. 5, 2023 2:30 doors at 2:00
Feb. 10, 2023 7:30 doors at 7
Feb. 11, 2023 2:30 doors at 2:00
Feb. 12, 2023 2:30 doors at 2:00
Feb 2 - Opening Night Special - Admission for 2 for only $30
All performances will be in the Duncan United Church Hall

Tickets are 22.00 (17.00 for seniors/students), available at Eventbrite and at Ten Old Books in the Duncan Garage.

Duncan's Mercury Players are presenting Robert Chafe's internationally acclaimed play Tempting Providence . It's the true story of an extraordinary woman, nurse Myra Bennett, "the Florence Nightingale of Newfoundland."

She arrived from England, in 1921, to bring her desperately needed medical and midwifery skills to 320 kilometers of isolated coastal communities.  This magically inventive comedy-drama will transport you back to a time when people struggled, even harder than today, to survive. The nearest hospital was days away and forceful weather, disease, work accidents, malnutrition, and childbirth could claim your life quickly. You will meet the hard working people of Daniel's Harbour, an outport with a vast roadless community, whom Nurse Bennett must serve. She travels by foot, boat or dogsled, depending on the season. Some of her patients are stubbornly superstitious, while others are willing to learn from "the Nurse." From those in robust good health to those in dreadful pain, all possess the grit, courage and humanity to sustain themselves and their neighbours through extremely hard times.  

Tempting Providence  explores Bennett's steely British resolve but also humour and compassion for all those Newfoundlanders she comes to know and care for.  At the core of the play is the love story between her and her pragmatic husband, Angus.  Tempting Providence is a powerful, exhilarating play that offers suspense and adventure, as well as touching and endearing moments. It's a chance to know one of our bravest, most socially committed Canadians and to renew your faith in communities helping each other.  

Genevieve Charbonneau plays Myra, Mateo Tomlinson plays Angus, Sylvia Swift plays Woman (several female characters) and Rob Foell plays Man (several male characters)
Producer: Lisa Read
Stage Manager: Leslie Sanchez,
Contact: [email protected]

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