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The Lost Boys

The Lost Boys
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: R. H. Thomson
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 77
Pub. Date: 2008
ISBN-10: 088754634X
ISBN-13: 9780887546341

About the Play:

The Lost Boys is a full-length drama by R.H. Thomson. A man undertakes a dream journey to bring to light the men hidden in a collection of seven hundred family letters – letters from five brothers who fought in the First World War.

The Lost Boys explores the involvement of a family in the First World War and one man's attempt to find meaning in it. This is one-man show is rooted in R.H. Thomson's family history: five of the playwright's great-uncles participated in the war and the play is based on letters written home to their mother. In the play, a present day man steps into the characters of these forgotten soldiers, as well as his own life as a child. The journey breathes life into the men of the battlefields, as well as gives voice to the women of that world; mother, cousin, stranger. Based on the playwright's own life, and that of his five great-uncles, The Lost Boys becomes a search for the immensity of story which surround us our entire lives.

The Lost Boys premiered in 2000 at the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa. The play was remounted at Winnipeg's Manitoba Theatre Centre and Toronto's Canadian Stage in succeeding years, and is recommended for school and community theatre staged readings for Remembrance Day.

Cast: 1 man

What people say:

"It's about being 'keeper of memory' and how Thomson himself has become the keeper of family memories of war and death." — The Globe and Mail

About the Playwright:

Robert Holmes "R.H." Thomson, CM is an acclaimed Canadian television, film and stage actor. He has acted in or directed over 70 productions at theatres across Canada, and appeared in dozens of films and television programs playing such diverse roles as Glenn Gould, Frederick Banting, Hamlet and Cyrano. He was awarded the prestigious Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in 2015. In 2010 he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.