Tantramar Theatre brings back its brown bag theatre

Darrell Cole
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Loom With A View to show during Fibre Arts Festival

Tantramar Theatre returns to festival with Brown Bag Theatre

Lawry and Mary MacLeod argue over the use of their spare room in the Tantramar Theatre brown bag theatre Loom With A View that’s part of the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival. The show runs Oct. 17 and 18 at Burgess Hall, Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church.

AMHERST – Grace and Arthur are your typical married couple.

After moving from home to home over their married lives, they have decided to move into their retirement home. Then comes the discussion of what goes where and what each room is used for.

It’s a comedic discussion over the use of a spare room that’s the subject matter for Valerie Fahey’s latest production, Loom With A View.

“It’s a script that we both fell in love with the moment we read it,” said Lawry MacLeod, who plays Arthur. “It’s something a lot of people can relate to.”

Loom With A View is Tantramar Theatre’s annual brown bag theatre that’s held during the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival that runs from Oct. 15 to 19. The theatre will have two showings – Oct. 17 and 18 – at Burgess Hall in Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church.

The doors open at 11:45 a.m. with the show starting at noon. Lunch is provided by Bambino’s Pizzeria and Fine Foods.

“Loom With A View is the story of a husband and wife, who as they enter retirement have purchased their last home,” theatre artistic director Bette Douglas said. “They have a spare room. She wants it for her crafts and he wants it for his man cave.”

Douglas said the 45-minute play is about how they resolve their dispute.

Loom With A View is a very cleverly written play, said Douglas, adding people will never believe the ending.

“The end of it’s quite amusing,” she said.

She’s also thrilled to have Mary and Lawry MacLeod come aboard as the performers for Loom With A View, which is a take of the 1908 novel Room With a View by E.M. Forster.

“I’ve worked with Lawry MacLeod in the past and he’s a joy. I’ve never worked with his wife, Mary, but it has been nothing but a pleasure to work with her now. I’m so proud to be able to add this husband and wife team to our lineup at Tantramar Theatre,” Douglas said. “They’re a great team.”

Tickets are $13 and available at JG Jewellers.

Douglas has been doing brown bag theatre in Amherst for 20 years. This is the fifth production for the fibre arts festival and she’s delighted to be able to put together a show for a national and international audience.

Visitors for the annual festival often come from across the Atlantic region as well as Canada, the United States and even Europe.


Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Tantramar Theatre, United Church

Geographic location: AMHERST, Nova Scotia, Trinity Atlantic Canada United States Europe

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  • Dorothy Beal
    October 03, 2013 - 09:22

    Sounds like this will be an interesting and enjoyable play. Be worthwhile to attend.