Written by Robert Chafe
Directed by Jillian Keiley
Original Music Composed & Arranged by The Once
Factory presents an Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland production
Forty tons of muscle, fat, and bone, launched like a rocket. A Breach. No one’s entirely sure of why they do it. I might be tempted to say it’s nothing if not joy.
Inspired by the true story of Jon Lien – known as the Whale Man – Between Breaths is a profoundly emotional memory play that sails through Lien’s life and the dangerous, death-defying work of saving whales trapped in fishing nets off Newfoundland’s coast. Over his long career, Lien saved over 500 whales and earned the respect of the island’s fishermen, but his biggest fight came at the end of his life as dementia progressively conquered his body and mind.
Featuring an evocative live score by Newfoundland’s Juno-nominated The Once, Between Breaths is a beautiful and poignant play about the parts of ourselves we hold on to after everything else is gone.
Tues – Fri Performances
Regular Tickets: $40
Senior Tickets: $30
Student Tickets: $25
Artsworker Tickets: $25
Sat & Sun Performances
Regular Tickets: $50
Senior Tickets: $40
Student Tickets: $30
Artsworker Tickets: $25
Fans of Come From Away...[you] should make time for the latest from Newfoundland’s acclaimed Artistic Fraud company.The Globe and Mail
breathtakingThe Telegram (St. John’s, NL)
Deeply moving, intimate, and intense
[Between Breaths] will bring you to tears and leave you in aweNS Reviews (Halifax, NS)
About the playwright
Robert Chafe has worked in theatre, dance, opera, radio, fiction and film. His stage plays have been seen in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and in the United States, and include Oil and Water, Tempting Providence, Afterimage, Under Wraps, Between Breaths, and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (adapted from the novel by Wayne Johnston.) He has been shortlisted twice for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama and he won the award for Afterimage in 2010. He has been guest instructor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, and The National Theatre School of Canada. In 2018 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is the playwright and Artistic Director of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland.
About the director
Jillian was the founding Artistic Director of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland and became the Artistic Director for The National Arts Centre English Theatre in 2012. Her productions at the NAC included Andy Jone’s Tartuffe, Oil and Water, Colony of Unrequited Dreams, A Christmas Carol and Twelfth Night. For The Stratford Festival she directed Alice Through the Looking-Glass, The Diary of Anne Frank, As You Like It, and Bakkhai. She is a frequent collaborator with Robert Chafe and their production for Theatre Newfoundland Labrador, Tempting Providence toured internationally for over a decade. She has directed all but one of Artistic Fraud’s 23 years worth of works. She is the winner of the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre and holds two honorary doctorates, from York University and Memorial University of Newfoundland.
About The Once
Over the past ten years The Once has been quietly making a name for themselves in their
native Canada. The Newfoundland-based band has collected a trio of Canadian Folk Music Awards, been named Newfoundland & Labrador Art Council’s Artist of the Year and earned a Juno nomination for best Roots/Traditional album. For concert dates or where to find Time Enough (2018), We Win Some We Lose (2016), Departures (2014), This is a Christmas Album (2012), Row Upon Row of the People they know (2011), The Once (2010) visit www.theonce.ca
Cast & Creative Team
Set & Costume Designer
Leigh Ann Vardy
Sound Designer & Technical Director
Sarah Garton Stanley
Production Manager & Stage Manager