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.
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.