One Season – Two World Premieres

The Link, Summer 2017
| by Joanne Culley |

In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, 4th Line Theatre will be presenting two new plays that celebrate and bring to life national and local history. The season opens with David S. Craig’s Bombers: Reaping the Whirlwind directed by the renowned director David Ferry; followed by 4th Line’s Founder and Creative Director Robert Winslow’s The History of Drinking in Cavan.

“For our 2017 season, I am thrilled to present these two world premieres,” says Managing Artistic Director Kim Blackwell. “David S. Craig is a well-respected and talented Canadian playwright whom we are lucky to have telling this important story. And I have been waiting since 2010 to produce Robert Winslow’s insightful, funny and deeply personal story of alcohol consumption.”

“…two new plays that celebrate and bring to life national and local history.”

Bombers: Reaping the Whirlwind tells the story of Peter who, in his nineties, relives his experiences as a Second World War bomber pilot to a mysterious young woman who is curious about his past. His memories of love, loss and friendship are set amidst the electrified and heightened backdrop of the war.

“We expect audiences will be held spellbound as we recreate actual bombing raids,” says Blackwell. “The play will take you right inside the bombers with the young soldiers.”

The History of Drinking in Cavan looks at alcohol consumption and production in the township from 1830 to the present day. Written, directed by and starring 4th Line Theatre founder Robert Winslow, the play examines the pros and cons and highs and lows of alcohol in our lives.

“The play is an often fun and funny examination of alcohol in our lives,” says Blackwell. “While researching the play, Winslow spoke to many local residents and incorporated their stories into the play.”

Since 1992, 4th Line Theatre has been bringing history to life on the outdoor barnyard stages of the rustic, fifth generation Winslow Farm just outside of Millbrook, between Peterborough and Port Hope. Using a mix of professional and volunteer actors, 4th Line is the largest not-for-profit theatre in the region and remains a community-based, regional treasure.

According to Blackwell, “4th Line audiences are without a doubt the most loyal and supportive around. People in the region have embraced the theatre and make coming to the theatre a summer tradition, year after year.” 4th Line Theatre welcomes corporate and individual sponsorships and donations.

Bombers: Reaping the Whirlwind begins previews on July 4 and 5, with the opening night on July 6, and runs from Tuesdays to Saturdays until July 28 with an additional performance on Monday, July 24. Shows begin nightly at 6 pm.

The History of Drinking in Cavan previews on August 7 and 8, with opening night on August 9, and runs from Mondays to Saturdays until August 26. Shows begin nightly at 6 pm.

4th Line Theatre’s box office is open Monday to Friday. For more information, tickets, subscriptions and gift certificates available, call 705-932-4445 or 1-800-814-0055. Visit