Fairy play about acceptance and homelessness

COMOX VALLEY ECHO JULY 23, 2013

When Kymme Patrick, owner and director of Theatreworks,
began writing the scripts for her summer drama camps, one
local news story kept coming to mind: the controversy
surrounding the Maple Pool campground residents.
“I was really affected by the predicament of these people. You’re
homeless. You’ve had a place that you have been welcomed to,
and you are happy trying to make a home camping out there for
years, and then suddenly, boom, there is a flood, and then, even
more suddenly, boom, the powers that be want you out,” said
Patrick.
Patrick realized that the topic of homelessness was an important
issue for children to explore.
She was successful in facilitating a Youth against Homelessness
teen program a few years ago and the issues are still the same.
“So, I wrote Fairy Island, about a place where fairies and elves
have lived in peace for years, only to see the elves displaced by
a flood. The play is not an exact allegory for what is happening
here, but it is about how all kinds of people deserve to be treated
kindly, and provided a place where they are welcome to live,
regardless of their differences or social standing.”
Fairy tales have an ancient tradition, across cultures, of teaching
children important morals about how to live a good life. From
Aesop to Grimm, children have taken away important lessons
about being a better, kinder, wiser person.
In Patrick’s play, a couple of Bogiebeast characters explain: “I
don’t know what all the fuss is about. Seems simple to me. Elves
need homes. We have land!” Miranda Hatch, one of the summer
student actors, believes “the play is about accepting people no
matter who they are.

“Kymme talked to us about Maple Pool and I got it right away.
Our play has pirates, fairies, elves and all sorts of other
creatures but they are all mostly good at heart. They just do not
always understand one another.”
Like all great fairy tales, Fairy Island, is also a lot of fun and
features adventure, intrigue and humour. And, in the end, all the
magical creatures live in harmony.
Budding actors from age five to thirteen make up the ensemble
cast of the one hour play. The play is a family friendly show that
combines both entertainment and education.
Fairy Island runs July 25th and 26th at 7 pm, and July 27th at
1:30 pm -at the old Comox Elementary (now Gateway Academy
-off Rodello Rd in Comox).
Tickets are $10 and are available at the door and at Laughing
Oyster Books.
Partial proceeds will go to Maple Pool and Dawn to Dawn.
See www.theatreworksonline.com for more details about
Theatreworks programs, or contact Kymme at 250-792-2031,
theatreworks@shaw.ca.
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