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TORONTO — Stage actress Barbara Chilcott, a driving force in Canada's theatre scene for more than half a century, has died. Carol Davis-Manol says Chilcott, her first cousin once removed, died at her home in Toronto of age-related natural causes on New Year's Day. She was 99. A fixture of the Crest Theatre in Toronto and frequent player at the Stratford Festival in its early years, Chilcott moved between Canada and England during a prolific career on the stage, said William Scoular, a former colleague and acclaimed director. "She was a pioneer -- a real national treasure who forged a path for lots of female actors to come after her," he said.
MILLBROOK — Local actor Megan Murphy has joined 4th Line Theatre as its associate artistic director-special projects, and, as part of the company’s 30th anniversary celebrations in 2022, will write a play about the Peter Robinson migration from Ireland to Peterborough in the 1820s.
2025 marks the 200th anniversary of the migration and 4th Line plans to debut this new play to mark the anniversary, states a news release.
“This will be the perfect timing to produce Megan Murphy’s play which will examine the lives of the people who faced unimaginable odds to come to Canada for the chance at a better life,” says the release.
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Over 2,500 Peter Robinson immigrants settled in Scott’s Plains, later renamed Peterborough, planting deep roots in the Peterborough area and have thousands of descendants. These descendants are being asked to return to the city for the anniversary.
locally and from across the globe, the release says.
Murphy will be in charge of all the company’s 30th anniversary events, which include a podcast series drawing on Murphy’s over-13 years as a professional radio announcer. Other initiatives include a gala and creation of an endowment campaign.
4th Line’s managing artistic director Kim Blackwell says she is excited to have Murphy spearheading the 30th anniversary celebrations and writing the play about migration stories.
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“Megan’s own family originates from these Robinson settlers, so she is ideally positioned to create this play,” said Blackwell.
“I am humbled to have the great privilege and responsibility of bringing voice to the Peter Robinson settlers,” states Murphy. “I look forward to uncovering the important stories of our past, with hope and curiosity in how they might inform and inspire our future. As I embark on my first full-length play, I must employ some Irish idioms…I’m delira and excira to be sure, it’ll be grand to get the craic and write the whispers of our ancestors!”
“I was 12 years old when 4th Line Theatre was born” she continued. “As a young, aspiring actress, my mom used to cut articles and audition calls out of the paper for me, and I dreamt of one day being a part of the 4th Line team.”
Murphy is a graduate of York University’s fine arts program and has worked as an actor in film, television, theatre and radio for more than two decades.
Brendan Burke is a staff reporter at the Examiner. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him at [email protected]
Brendan Burke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner
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