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At My Heart's Core

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by Robertson Davies
directed by Penny Nash
Thurs.-Sat., March 1-17, 7:30 p.m.
The Davies Foundation Auditorium
52 Church St., Kingston, ON

The year is 1837. The Upper Canada Rebellion is under way. In a remote log house near Peterborough, Susanna Moodie, Catharine Parr Traill and Frances Stewart meet a young man who tempts them.

The form of temptation that Edmund Cantwell offers is not what you might think of first. As he himself explains to The Hon. Thomas Stewart on Stewart's return from fighting the rebellion in York, "I have observed that there is one temptation which only the strongest spirits can resist. It is the temptation of discontent."

I canna ca' this forest home,
It is nae home to me;
Ilk tree is suthern to my heart
And unco' to my e'e.

I canna ca' this forest home,
And in it live and dee;
Nor feel regret at my heart's core,
My native land for thee."

Robertson Davies, one of Canada's greatest novelists as well as a journalist and academic, wrote At My Heart's Core in 1950. He said the play "came directly from my sense of the intellectual loneliness of the pioneers who had left the world of the mind behind them, and tried to keep up their contact with it from the depths of the wilderness."

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Robertson Davies

Robertson Davies

Born in 1913 in Thamesville, Ont., Robertson Davies was one of Canada's best-known authors.

His education included three years at Queen's University, after which he completed a degree at Balliol College, Oxford, and worked briefly in theatre in Britain before returning to Canada and becoming literary editor of Saturday Night magazine.

He then became editor, and later publisher, of the Peterborough Examiner. He played a major role in launching the Stratford Shakespearian Festival, and was the first Master of Massey College at the University of Toronto.

Davies is best known for his novels, including What's Bred in the Bone, World of Wonders, Fifth Business and The Cunning Man. He died in 1995.

Admission $20 (plus Grand Theatre surcharge). Tickets available through the Grand Theatre Box Office, 530-2050 and online, until 2 p.m. on day of performance, and at the door (cash, debit, Visa, MasterCard, Apple Pay or Android Pay) on performance nights when available. Seniors and members $16 at the door on Thursdays only. Children and students $10.


Wikipedia: Robertson Davies
Canadian Encyclopedia: Susanna Moodie
Canadian Encyclopedia: Catherine Parr Traill
Canadian Encyclopedia: Frances Stewart