by David French
Produced by Anne-Marie Bouthillette and Kaye Torrie | Directed by Matt Kowalyk
Leaving Home is David French’s first play about the Mercers, a family from Newfoundland living in Toronto. Jacob and Mary Mercer try to hold the family together as sons Billy and Ben struggle for independence in this realistic drama of the late 1950s. Often praised for its warmth and universality, Leaving Home was one of the first Canadian plays to be performed at regional theatres coast to coast. The Canadian classic, considered as one of the essential plays in the English language, still resonates with its comedy and emotional power.
Performances at the Firehall Theatre, Cobourg
Read Rob Davidson’s review in Northumberland News at Leaving Home Review.
Leaving Home is presented by special arrangement by Corey Literary Inc.
Leaving Home was entered in the EODL 85th Annual Fall Length Play Festival and received 5 Awards:
- Deep River Players Award for Best Visual Presentation
- Therese May Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution by a Student
- Luke Paron as Ben Mercer
- Ron Hazelgrove Award for Best Cameo Performance
- Bill Walker as Harold
- Maragert White Award for Acting Excellence
- Kim Brouwer as Minnie Jackson
- The Kingston Trophy for Best Canadian Play