Spinning Yarns: Tales and Tunes from a homesick Newfoundlander
by Stephen Guy-McGrath
Newfoundland in the early ‘80s: a world of raucous adventures, death-defying escapades, and dubious childcare! This hilarious evening of story and song is a fictionalized biography written and performed by Festival favourite, Stephen Guy-McGrath (‘Bill’ in Mamma Mia!; ‘Sam Phillips’ in Million Dollar Quartet; ‘René’ in Evangeline)
Hear the trials and tribulations of growing up in a family that pulls no punches and takes no guff; seen through the eyes of a boy with an overactive imagination and a desperate desire to “fit in”. Through it all shines a fierce love of family and a boundless longing for home.
From a supposed “near-death birth” to a “final family Christmas”, Spinning Yarns weaves stories with songs and tunes that will make you “laugh ‘til you cry and cry ‘til you laugh”: a gun-toting mother, nefarious plotting brothers, human snowball piñatas, and other items that should definitely not go in the dryer!!!
Featuring traditional Newfoundland fiddle tunes and well-loved songs such as ‘The St. John’s Waltz’ by Ron Hynes, ‘Wave over Wave’ by Jim Payne (popularized by Great Big Sea), and more.
Sensitivity Warning: Haze effects are used in this production
Director, Adam Brazier; Musical Director, Brendan Wall; Scenic Designer, Ken MacDonald; Lighting Designer, Jason Hand; Production Stage Manager, Matt MacInnis; Stage Manager, Erika Morey.
Originally produced by Strange/Momentum Theatre Projects.
“It’s very funny. He creates a whole community of Newfoundland life, and gives us a picture so vivid you can almost smell it.”- CBC Radio Ottawa
“Stephen Guy-McGrath is a dynamic performer…he entertains the audience with boundless energy as he tells stories and fiddles during his one-man show.”- The Kingston Whig Standard
“Spinning Yarns, a winner. With hyperactive sense of humour Guy-McGrath brought down the house with comic tales of growing up in Newfoundland.” – The Record Centinel And Times
“ Hysterically funny…a ripping good time”…“Like a family throwing a kitchen party that we were lucky enough to get invited to…” – The Buzz
Spinning Yarns Music Director / Guitar / Bass Accordian
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The Story of Confederation
June Mon-Sat: 10am-3pm
July- August Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm Sun: 12-5pm
September Mon-Sat: 10am-3pm
What are Relaxed Performances?
Sometimes referred to as sensory-friendly experiences, Relaxed Performances give the opportunity for those with various sensitivities towards sensory stimuli to experience and enjoy live theatre.
These performances will be designed in a way to be more comfortable for audience members who may experience anxiety or are not comfortable with some aspects of a traditional theatre setting. This can include people on the Autism Spectrum and their families; those with sensory and communicative disorders or learning disabilities; people with Tourette’s syndrome; someone who might need to move often due to chronic pain or to use the facilities; or even parents with toddlers.
Relaxed Performances offered during the 2021 Charlottetown Festival:
Between Breaths: Thursday, June 17 at 8 p.m.
Dear Rita: Wednesday, July 14 at 2 p.m.
Old Stock: Thursday, August 26 at 8 p.m.
RAISED IN: St. John’s, NL For the Centre: Mamma Mia!, Million Dollar Quartette, Evangeline, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™. Theatre: ONCE (Mirvish and Citadel) As You like it, Christmas Carol, Glenngarry Glen Ross, Three Sisters and others (SOULPEPPER); No Great Mischief (Tarragon)
Shows at CanStage, NAC, Vancouver Playhouse, Theatre Orangeville, The Theatre Centre,YPT and others. TV/Film: Anne with an E, Murdoch Mysteries, Reign, Mayday, Stockholm
Other: National Theatre School, Soulpepper Academy. — @sgmplays
RAISED IN: Harrington, PEI FOR THE CENTRE: Atlantic Blue (2019), Spinning Yarns (2019) THEATRE: Atlantic Blue (The Guild, 2017-18) TV/FILM: Live! With Regis & Kelly (2010); CTV’s Canada AM OTHER: Cynthia ran the popular Brackley Beach Ceilidh series from 2004-13 and has also toured across Canada and the US. From 2013-16, she performed on board Norwegian Cruise Line as a member of the Cynthia MacLeod Trio. Cynthia has released five award-winning solo recordings.
RAISED IN: Palgrave, ON FOR THE CENTRE: JC Superstar, On the Road with Dutch Mason, Ring Of Fire, Dear Jonny Deere, Evangeline, Mamma Mia!, Anne™, Glenda’s Kitchen THEATRE: Once, Buddy! (Neptune); Billy Bishop, Cabaret, The Rocky Horror Show (Aquarius); Caroline, or Change (Musical Stage Company); Beyond Eden (Vancouver Playhouse/Theatre Calgary); The Bricklin (TNB); Grumpy Old Man (MTC); Assassins (CanStage); 4 seasons at the Shaw Festival. — Cam lives out past where the sidewalk ends with the love of his life, Karen.