They Came From Away & The Mersey Swing Band

This past Friday evening’s show at the Osprey was a delight.

They Came From Away is a one-man play written and performed by Trevor McKinven. The main character, a Newfoundlander named Johnny “Fever” McDermott, introduces three “come from awayers” who were some of the 6500 plane passengers who got stranded in Gander due to the events of 9/11.

The characters include an Italian, a Southern Belle named Sherry, and a New York firefighter from the Bronx. All in a bit of shock surrounding the events as well as the geography and culture of Newfoundland.

Trevor’s performance was outstanding! His ability to switch from Newfoundlander to Italian (with a strong accent) to Southern Belle (with a full beard, mind you) to a Bronx New Yorker was sharp as well as entertaining. I’m quite sure the Italian and the New Yorker were taller than the other two by at least a half foot. Amazing job, Trevor! And the stories told by each character took us all back to that day; especially the Firefighter. It’s amazing how the human race can pull together to comfort and support (and feed jello and lasagne) to those that are stranded and in need.

Johnny "Fever" McDermott

Johnny “Fever” McDermott

The Italian

The Italian

The Italian

The Italian

Sherry, the Southern Belle

Sherry, the Southern Belle

The New York Firefighter from the Bronx

The New York Firefighter from the Bronx

 

I also wanted to include some photos from The Mersey Swing Band performance earlier this month at the Osprey. With a little dance instruction from the Dalhousie Swing Dance Society before the show, everyone enjoyed an evening of dancing and great music.

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7 Responses to They Came From Away & The Mersey Swing Band

  1. Kathleen says:

    Lisa – gorgeous shots that capture some true spirit!
    Kathleen

  2. Roger Sands says:

    Hi Lisa: Trevor is performing this show at The Station Theatre on July 26 in Smiths Falls ON, I would like permission to use part of your “review” and if possible one or two of the photos in our email newsletter and on our website (with credit to you).

    • Admin says:

      Hi, Roger.
      I just now noticed your message, and I’m sorry I didn’t see it sooner. It is best if you contact me re photos via my email: emeralds42@gmail.com
      If it’s not too late, you would be welcome to use one or more of the photos. For your purposes I would charge $20 per logo-free high-rez photo. Photo credit would be appreciated. You are welcome to copy and paste any of the photos from my blog to your website. Please do not crop out the logo.
      Trevor was awesome! Both my husband and I loved his performance. And yes, you’d be welcome to use my review.

  3. Marj says:

    Went to see the one man show last evening.Being from Newfouundland I was curious. Not what I expected. The show was overshadowed at the end with politics creeping in his show.I was surprised that he has never made a trip to Newfoundland since starting his show.I think he would be enlightened if he made the trip sooner,than later.

    • Admin says:

      I was surprised as well, that he had not been to Newfoundland. However, in spite of that fact, I think he presented the events of that day from Newfoundland’s perspective very well. His characterizations were brilliant.

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