To Shut the Mouths of Lions

by Dave Clark

Produced by Mary Elizabeth Clark | Directed by Dave Clark

This is the premiere of an original play written by long-time Players member Dave Clark.

The play tackles important and difficult subject matter in a compassionate and insightful way, using humour, pathos and drama in its portrayal of a family burdened by secrets and assumptions.

The action unfolds over Boxing Day when the autocratic McBride family patriarch, faced with his own demons, fumbles to connect with his two alienated sons – one of whom is gay. The family dynamics are recognizable in both their poignancy and humour, providing a sense of authenticity as well as timeliness to this story.

Please note, this play contains mature themes and content.

Download and read John Hill’s review from Northumberland Today here – Review- To Shut the Mouths of Lions

Cast creew photoThe cast and crew of To Shut the Mouths of Lions on the set

Front Row: Dave Clark – Playwright and Director; Neil Torrie – William McBride; Jan Crane – Geraldine McBride; Back Row: Lana Missen – Stage Manager; Derrick Cunningham – Gareth; Jeff Caine – Rich; Nick Storm – Rob; Sarah Foord – Colleen; Micheline Prenderghast – Script Assistant; Lisa Schnalzer-Missen – Designer; Mary Elizabeth Clark – Producer

For more photos of this production, see the galleries.


To Shut the Mouths of Lions was first performed at the Firehall Theatre, Cobourg, April 1 to April 16, 2016.

For more detailed information about this play, download the program at To Shut the Mouths of Lions