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Monday, August 6, 2018

Local History On Display At Blyth Theatre

Blyth | by Fadi Didi  

1837: The Farmers' Revolt runs until mid-September

A production involving Huron County's history is opening at the Blyth Festival Theatre.

Artistic Director Gil Garrett says "1837: The Farmers' Revolt" examines a revolution among land developers in the county's young life.

Early farmers toiling to prepare land for cultivation find frustration at the hands of aristocrats, who seize their land for gifts to relatives and other politicians.

Among the characters appearing in the production are Goderich founder Tiger Dunlop, Canadian–American journalist William Lyon Mackenzie, and Colonel Anthony Van Egmond, an early settler of Egmondville.

Garrett says it has always been critical for the Blyth Festival Theatre to celebrate the region's rich history.

This year's play bill includes "The Pigeon King," which examines the real-life case of a fraudster who cheated Huron County farmers out of millions with a pigeon sales scheme.

"The New Canadian Curling Club" follows a zamboni driver forced to teach a group of new Canadians how to curl, and compete against local rivals.

"1837: The Farmers' Revolt" runs until September 15th.

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