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TOFest18: Tempting Providence

  • Main Stage at the Palace Theatre 710 Dundas Street London, ON, N5W 2Z4 Canada (map)

Tempting Providence

By Robert Chafe

Presented by Elliot Lake Amateur Theatre Ensemble

Representing QUONTA (Northeastern Ontario) at Theatre Ontario Festival 2018

Directed by Murray Finn

Tempting Providence tells the story of Nurse Myra Bennett. Myra came in the early 1920’s to serve as district nurse for outport communities along the west coast of Newfoundland. She was hired for two years. When that was done, she married and stayed. For the next 40 years, she, for the most part, did the job for free.

The community of Daniel’s Harbour holds Myra in high esteem. The Nurse Myra Bennett Foundation maintains her home as a museum. They continue to raise funds to support young people entering the medical profession and they commissioned this play, written by Robert Chafe. The play has toured Newfoundland and across Canada. It is performed regularly in nearby Cow’s Head as a tourist attraction.

ELATE is proud to honour Myra and nurses like her who contribute so much to our communities.

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David Black as Man

Fran Perkins as Woman

Jim Graham as Angus

Kim Arnold as Maya


Murray Finn | Director

Ann McFarland | Producer

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Later Event: May 19
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