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Pearl Gidley

Pearl Gidley
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Gary Kirkham
Publisher: Scirocco Drama
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 97
Pub. Date: 2012
ISBN-10: 1897289790
ISBN-13: 9781897289792
Cast Size: 3 women, 2 men

About the Play:

Pearl Gidley is a full-length drama by Gary Kirkham. Based on a true story. Elderly Pearl and her sister Edith take in a mysterious, new tenant from the U.S. Despite Pearl's objections to opening their home to a young man who they know nothing about, Pearl cannot contain her curiosity about his past. Note by note, they draw each other's stories out in this quirky story of unlikely friendships.

Pearl Gidley takes place in the Gidley boarding house where the elderly Gidley sisters lead unassuming and unexciting lives in a small Ontario town in 1969, at the height of the Vietnam War. Tart-tongued Pearl and the more romantically-minded Edith live frugally, renting a room to the occasional boarder to help make ends meet. But the sisters' orderly life is turned upside-down when their neighbour George, the local piano tuner, asks them to take in Charles, a young American seeking refuge. The characters in this beautifully-written, bittersweet comedy gently draw out one another's stories… and along the way must come to terms with loyalty and betrayal, long-ago heartbreak, the consequences of sacrifice, and the power of music. Inspired by a former Blyth, Ontario resident by the intriguing name of Pearl Gidley. A classically trained concert pianist, she abruptly stopped performing and turned into a recluse for 45 years, until a couple of hippies entered her life in the 1960s. Pearl Gidley is about family ties, especially those between fathers and sons, but mostly about sisters.

Pearl Gidley premiered in 2010 at Blyth Festival in Blyth, Ontario. It was then produced in 2011 at the Registry Theatre by Lost & Found Theatre in Kitchener, Ontario.

Cast: 3 women, 2 men

What people say:

"Pearl Gidley was a hit when it premiered at Blyth in 2010 ... This note-perfect production should not be missed by anyone who cherishes live theatre. It's a gem. ...It is a play about the bad things that happen to good people, and the good things those same people go on to do regardless of the damage they've suffered. It is a reminder that we are here to sing, even when the melody turns to silence." — The Kitchener-Waterloo Record

"The audience gave this play a standing ovation, and for good reason…the play touches the heart... Gary Kirkham's poignant play presents intriguing relationships between four compelling characters. It deserves to be seen on other stages." — The Globe and Mail

About the Playwright:

Gary Kirkham is an award-winning Canadian actor and playwright. His plays have been produced by over 60 theatres around the world and have been translated into French, Italian, and Arabic. He was the Playwright in Residence at the Blyth Festival.

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