The Donnelly Project: Sticks and Stones

Posted on April 22nd, by scararts in Featured, Recent News. 1 Comment

Tarragon Theatre with Scarborough Arts and three Scarborough schools presents

Adapted and directed by Kat Sandler
With Greg Hertel, Zach McKendrick and Catelyn Thornton
Featuring students from R.H. King Academy, Agincourt Collegiate Institute,
and the University of Toronto Scarborough


Photo by Lubaba Gemma

Photo by Lubaba Gemma

On May 14 at 2:00 PM, Tarragon Theatre and three Scarborough schools, in celebration of Tarragon Theatre’s 45th anniversary, present an extraordinary collaborative theatre event, #TheDonellyProject, an adaptation of Sticks and Stones: The Donnellys Part I. First presented at Tarragon in 1973, the James Reaney classic has been newly adapted and is directed by Tarragon Playwright-in-Residence Kat Sandler. Over 50 young actors and musicians from R.H. King Academy, Agincourt Collegiate Institute, and the University of Toronto Scarborough will converge on the Scarborough Arts Park (Harrison Properties Park 1859 Kingston Rd) to explore, explode and claim The Donnellys as their own.

The Donnellys Trilogy is a poetic drama and a classic piece of Canadian theatre history that explores the tragedy of the Donnelly family who immigrated to Canada in 1844 to escape the political, ethnic and sectarian conflicts in Ireland – commonly referred to as “the troubles” – only to face them once again in their new home. Their struggle to survive is a thirty-six-year epic set in Biddulph Township in southwestern Ontario. The Donnellys steadfastly refuse to leave their land or cower under the pressures and prejudices within their community. Their history becomes legend as it reaches a tragic climax in 1880 when a vigilante mob of thirty men come to their home in the dead of night and massacre five members of the family. 136 years later, the story of the Donnelly family still haunts the Canadian imagination.

FREE and open to the public | Rain or shine

May 14, 2016 at 2:00 PM
Scarborough Arts, 1859 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON M1N 1T3
Parking is available at the Birchmount Community Centre on Kingston Rd.
Please bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Tarragon Theatre website:
#TheDonnellyProject Facebook event page:

One response to “The Donnelly Project: Sticks and Stones”

  1. John Winkler says:

    Hello #The Donnelly Project

    I’m very happy to see that the very unfortunate Donnelly story is still going hauntingly strong after 136 years. I am currently in the process of completing the 32nd printing of the first book written about the Donnelly tragedy, which was published in 1954 by Thomas P. Kelley called, “The Black Donnellys”. Around forty years ago it was part of the high school English curriculum. For those interested, the Donnelly Museum, in Lucan Ontario, will be opening it’s doors for the start of the 2016 season May, 7th.

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