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The Downs


  • Main Stage at the Palace Theatre 710 Dundas Street London Canada (map)
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November 6, 2019 | 8:00 pm
November 7, 2019 | 8:00 pm
November 8, 2019 | 8:00 pm
November 9, 2019 | 2:00 pm
November 10, 2019 | 2:00 pm

 

DIRECTOR’S NOTE from Desiree Baker

The Downs came from humble beginnings. This simple one woman play was born from a five minute audition piece that Sheryl Scott wrote back in 2014, when she was asked to audition for a part in the play called On Golden Pond. Just in case you were wondering, Sheryl got the role.

Sheryl Scott  as Millie Johnson

Sheryl Scott as Millie Johnson

My imagination was captured immediately by this character. I belly laughed and crocodile teared the whole way through the five-minute audition. Afterwards I was determined to make this piece into a short play. People HAD to meet this animated character that I quickly fell in love with. Fortunately, Sheryl was open to write more to this story and it became a twenty-minute play to be performed in the LOAF (London One Act Festival). It was again lengthened into a forty-five minute play, where it was performed in the London Fringe Festival. Today it’s running time is about one hour and fifteen minutes. Sheryl has performed it for several local London Fund raisers. In 2017 the Blyth Festival Theatre invited The Downs to be perform in their new Phillips Studio Theatre. It was the inaugural show and it sold out. By popular demand they asked Sheryl back to perform it again in 2018. The run sold out before the first show opened!

This is a brilliant one women play set in the small town of Miramichi, New Brunswick. I’m sure at first you might wonder what the heck you are doing here, listening to this women and all her farm stories. But I will guarantee that by the end of the play you will have laughed, drooled, learnt how to fold, diddled along, gasped, fell in love just a little bit, and even cried. It is my hope that your heart will be moved, and your imagination will be captured.

As the adjudicator said when we debuted The Downs at the 2015 LOAF (London One Act Festival) “There are many plays you watch, leave, and don’t remember, but there is that one play that will stick with you forever, and The Downs was that one for me”.

It was my absolute joy and pleasure to direct The Downs, and to workshop this piece along side Sheryl. To be trusted with such a labor of love. Thank you Sheryl for allowing me to push you, cry with you, laugh with you and walk along side this piece. It is a true gift you have girl, never let this light die in you. You have taught me so much, you my sweet talented friend, are deeply loved.

Many thanks to Debra Chantler, who also believed in this story from the beginning, and has been right along on this amazing journey every step of the way. Thank you for your vision, your encouraging words, your stage managing skills, and your creativity in sets, clotheslines, and clothes pins (lol). For deeply loving Millie and this project. You are a treasured friend!

I hope you enjoy the show, and remember…

Life is short, so make the most of it!” ~ Millie Johnson