PETER COLLEY Playwright-Screenwriter
A Drama with Music
Rep 21's new production - see cast pictures below!
"A beautifully written, daring, intimate and profound theatrical experience." Canadore.ca
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Premiere: Grand Theatre, London, Ontario
"Peter Colley's The Donnellys is a personal Canadian favourite."
Mike Ross - Times Square Chronicles
The National Arts Center Ottawa (left) and The Roxy at Owen Sound - 2013 (right)
The premiere production was performed at The
Grand Theatre, London, Ontario
and the National Arts Centre, Ottawa. It was directed by Heinar Piller,
Set Design: Anton Dimitrov, Costumes: Olga Dimitrov, Music: Berthold Carriere
2013 - THE ROXY PRODUCTION SELLS OUT - PERFORMANCES ADDED!
Second Production: The National Arts Centre, Ottawa
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THE STORY: The Donnellys is based on Canada's most infamous true story. A story that has grown in the telling with each generation since the events that shook the little village of Lucan in 1880 and caused a sensation around the world. Why did the god-fearing residents of a small pioneer town rise up one night and slaughter an entire family as they lay sleeping? Why did a veil of silence descend over the town, so that even though forty sets of footprints were found at the scene, nobody was ever convicted of the murders? And why has the code of silence lasted to this day? The play sets out to answer these questions, going back into the blood-feuds of old Ireland and tracing the passions and hatreds that fueled this deadly tragedy.
Tom Celli and Pat Collins at the National Arts Centre
Wayne Burnett as "Tim Mulligan" at the National Arts Centre
The Donnellys an outstanding and intense experience... an exciting and
original work of theatre! With
this production The Grand Theatre has
play’s portrait of a shameful past is both powerful and disturbing... a
strong and unrelenting script... very moving... a dark display of evil...
overwhelming emotions of fear, passion and hatred... left a lasting impact
that should fill us with shame and dread.”
Donnellys is a stunning box-office success! Intelligent
entertainment... nimble yet perceptive. Rich
in atmosphere and compelling in incident. This
is important theatre!”
soars... full-bodied, full of lurid verse and high excitement! It
is a proud contribution to local culture.”
that comment on this production is almost superfluous after the rave
reviews and sell-out crowds The Donnellys drew. The
production was for myself a moving experience... nothing short of
Colley’s The Donnellys, which began a run at the National Arts Centre, is a stirring drama... fascinating as fictionalised history.”
Donnellys brought to me a valuable, personal and literary interpretation
of both life and history.”
“I saw two
performances (of the The Donnellys) and was deeply moved by the play... it
was a hit!”
Donnellys is the best piece of community-oriented theatre in Ontario.”
"Murderous tale a popular stage hit... this play shows what hate can do to honest people."
Donnellys, I wondered why Colley’s sweeping lyrics couldn’t be lifted
and used as narrative poetry in the schools. They’re
utterly grand reading... the saga of the Donnellys could come to life the
same way as The Highwayman has for schoolchildren.”
closed our production of The Donnellys last night, thrilled to have been
immersed in the world of your play for the last few months. It is
probably the most challenging work we’ve undertaken and it was met with
an outstanding response from our audience. Thank you for writing such an
accessible, inspiring text. My students grew immeasurably from their
experiences during this project."
Welland Tribune 2007: "Students embrace dark drama with great enthusiasm".
"We had a great success with The Donnellys and it provided
a very memorable experience for all of us who were involved."
BELOW FROM THE ROXY THEATRE 2013
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PHOTOS OF THE DONNELLY HOMESTEAD AND
Photos taken by James Patterson. © Copyright James Patterson. Used with permission
Check out the Donnelly Museum
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