Having Relations by Sarah Quick goes online on St. Patrick’s Day

By Lindsay Advocate

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a ‘take-out meal’ from the Lakeview Arts Barn (LAB) and an online play reading at Globus Theatre.

The online reading of Having Relations by Sarah Quick will be broadcast live and performed by a stellar cast. Local audiences have the option of enjoying a delicious three-course ‘Irish themed’ meal in the comfort of their own home. Tickets are available now for the matinee at 2:00 and an evening show at 7:00 for March 17th.

Rural Ontario boy Declan O’Doyle is obsessed with Having Relations. He dreams about it, talks about little else and now he’s turned to the internet to assist his search. A play about love, sex and all things Irish!

Globus Theatre is very excited about the amazing cast of performers who will bring this reading to life. From Toronto, playing the role of Declan O’Doyle is Emilio Vieira, a Stratford Festival and Shakespeare in High Park performer who also devised and performed in February: a love story last month at Globus Theatre.

Playing Cheryl O’Doyle, Declan’s mother, is local Bobcaygeon resident Susan North who has had an extensive professional career on stage and screen and starred in Globus Theatre’s reading of Renovations for Six in 2020. And, joining us from across the pond in London, UK, Elinor Coleman is a new face to Globus Theatre audiences and currently a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company. Elinor will read the part of Victoria MacCarthy.

“Having Relations is one of the Canadian Trilogy of plays I wrote in the decade after immigrating to Ontario. It struck me that when I asked a Canadian where they were from they almost always cited their heritage — something one does not experience growing up in Europe.

Canadians have a strong connection to their roots and that is rarely more passionately displayed than by an Irishman on Paddy’s Day. I wanted to tell the tale of a boy from these parts who sets off to discover his ancestry and in doing so discovers love and sex and passion…and a story that crosses oceans and generations! That the play’s catalyst is the movement of information to being online, and the cruciality of rural internet to timely overseas communications makes it perfect for our digital theatre season,” says Quick, the playwright.

The Lakeview Arts Barn’s 3-course dinner includes Irish menu options like Pork Tenderloin in a Jameson Whiskey Peppercorn Sauce and, for dessert, an Apple and Toasted Oat Crumble with Custard. Take-out & Theatre tickets are $65 per person or $105 for two. Group pricing is available as well. Tickets can be booked by calling Globus Theatre’s box office at 705-738-2037. Once booked, lunch can be picked up at the Lakeview Arts Barn in Bobcaygeon on March 17th between 12:30-1:30 and dinner can be picked up between 4:30-6:30. The matinee show will go live at 2:00pm ET with an evening show at 7:00pm ET.

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