Wednesday, July 4, 2012

When the Whistle Blows

Over the past week, I've done a handful of interviews for the Mill Whistle Project. In the very first, I was excited to hear that some time ago in the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College theatre program, a group of students had conducted research on Corner Brook and written and produced a play called "When the Whistle Blows" as part of a course. I asked a friend to put out some feelers in the local theatre crowd to see whether a script might have been archived as part of the course.

Then today, I was surprised to find I was interviewing one of the performers in that production! It was quite some time ago, but I learned that there was even a song written for "When the Whistle Blows" and it was accompanied by guitar. I am hoping that over the next few weeks we'll be able to locate more of those involved in the production, the script, and perhaps the song and some photographs. A preliminary web search has revealed that it was directed by Tessa Mendel in 1994/95.

I am perhaps dreaming, but I can't help but think it would be great fun to stage it again (or at least parts of it) in the old court room of the Corner Brook Museum & Archives as part of the exhibit opening!!!

If you happen to know more about this production or where I might find a copy of the play, please contact me at