Homechild

20Apr2017
20May2017

Written by Joan MacLeod | Adapted by Fred Jones

2017-04-20 to 2017-05-20


Alistair is a retired farmer who lives with his sister-in-law and son on their family homestead. The fields have long been leased out and the house is in serious disrepair. The scattered remnants of the family are vainly trying to hold it together. Alistair's daughter, comes to visit for the first time since her marriage failed, for a shaky reunion that soon turns acrimonious. Alistair suffers a stroke and his illness finally releases the memory of a secret that he had buried deep within himself years ago. He longs for Katie, the younger sister he was forced to leave behind in Scotland when he came to Canada as a "home child." The play takes a piece of history from a dark corner of Canada's past and dramatizes its tragic impact through the generations of one family. Homechild is set in Glengarry County in eastern Ontario where both of Joan MacLeod's parents were raised on farms just a few miles apart. Each had home children working on their family's farms in the 1920s, something she wasn't aware of when she first started her research for this play.