Thursday, November 11, 2004

Confederation Centre Presents “Tempting Providence”

The Confederation Centre of the Arts will present the heart-warming play Tempting Providence on the Mainstage on Friday, November 19, at 8 p.m.  Commissioned by Theatre Newfoundland Labrador, the play tells the true story of Nurse Myra Bennett, a British-born nurse who came to Newfoundland after learning of the desperate need for medical aid in rural communities. Bennett arrived in Daniel’s Harbour on the Northern Peninsula in the spring of 1921. She signed on for a year but stayed for over 50. Known throughout Newfoundland and Labrador as the “Florence Nightingale of the North,” she delivered more than 700 babies, extracted at least 5,000 teeth, set broken limbs, and performed kitchen table operations by lamplight. She married local merchant Angus Bennett and had three children. She died in 1990 at the age of 100.

Written by playwright Robert Chafe, Tempting Providence was named the favourite showcase at the 2003 Contact East in St. John’s, Newfoundland. It was chosen as one of 11 plays from across Canada for the June 2004 Magnetic North Festival in Edmonton, Alberta, and was invited to perform a two-and-half week run in July at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The play was part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in August 2004, and toured England and Ireland in September 2004.

The play is directed by Jillian Keiley, the winner of this year’s $100,000 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. Keiley is founding Artistic Director of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, and winner of the Canada Council’s 1997 John Hirsch Prize and the 1996 Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award. Actors Deidre Gillard Rowlings (Myra), Darryl Hopkins (Angus), Melanie Caines (Woman), and Robert Wyatt Thorne (Man) are all graduates of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College’s School of Fine Arts Theatre program in Corner Brook.

Tickets for this PEI Presents event range from $12 to $25 and are available at the Confederation Centre Box Office, by calling at 1-800-565-0278, or online at

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