“It’s fresh and a lot of fun!... The characters and situations are truly endearing and have really stayed with me. It’s a gem of a creation!”
International Musical Theatre/Opera &Film Actor/Singer Curtis Sullivan, after extensive dramaturgy on Book/script and lyrics, June 2020
“It has been my honour to work on these pages… there’s a wealth of gold in them and the scope of this piece is massive, including many different cultures. It is very Canadian and Atlantic-Canadian-centric and the challenge has been to pick and choose the wealth and research that should remain...”
Charlottetown Festival Artistic Director, Toronto/Broadway/West End actor Adam Brazier, after Oct-Nov. 2020 dramaturgy
"Rough Notes" – the historically-based, traditional, wholly-Canadian musical in which "the Rurals meet the Royals".
It’s the eve of our nation entering WWII – another great horror, so soon after the FIRST… and 3 diverse Canadian couples at different ages and stages are about to be vastly affected. Here the Scottish, French and Wolastoqiyik/Maliseet-tribe rural peoples of New Brunswick are juxtaposed with the real-life representative Royals, combating a spy and an undercover female journalist at Rideau Hall, Ottawa. The joys and sorrows of this tense time in our history are also witnessed from the eyes of a 7-year-old boy, the daughter of the first woman of colour to graduate from the University of New Brunswick, and world-famous author John Buchan, Governor General of Canada - who has only a month to live and in which to leave his final legacy to the arts, to the environment, and to humanity.
After 3 table-reads, a mini-workshop and much dramaturgy by such as Adam Brazier in Charlottetown and Curtis Sullivan in Toronto, "Rough Notes" has received a $20,000 grant from Canada Council for the Arts to professionally workshop it, with recorded film/demos, in the Upper River Valley of New Brunswick, a very remote area of our nation and in which it is partly set.
It is wholly Canadian, about, by and FOR Canadians. Not sure other countries, (other than perhaps the UK who love John Buchan!), would be interested in producing it. THAT's how totally Canadian it is!