Ours, a fully-staged lyric drama in two acts and Opera on the Avalon’s first critically-acclaimed commission, tracks the social, political, and emotional aftermath of the battle of Beaumont-Hamel through the story of Thomas Nangle who was chaplain to the Newfoundland Regiment.
Following the war, Nangle was named to the Imperial War Graves Commission where he led efforts to properly bury the remains of the lost Regiment across Europe. He established the existing five war memorial sites across Europe, including Beaumont-Hamel, as well as the Newfoundland National War Memorial in St. John’s.
His story of sacrifice, hardship, and renewal is the perfect human embodiment of Newfoundland’s journey through the war, and through its horrific aftermath.
Ours was composed by Juno-nominated Canadian composer John Estacio with a libretto by Newfoundland Governor General Award-winning playwright Robert Chafe. Directed by Glynis Leyshon and conducted by Judith Yan.
“The Poppy Design is a registered trademark of The Royal Canadian Legion, Dominion Command and is used under license.”
‘Le motif du coquelicot est une marque déposée de la Direction nationale de La Légion royale canadienne et est employée sous licence.’
STEPHEN HEGEDUS, Arthur Murray
MATTHEW DALEN, Charlie Whitten
KEITH PHARES, Thomas Nangle
SAMUEL CHAN, Michael
JOHN LINDSEY, Edward
LARA CIEKIEWICZ, May
RYAN DOWNEY, John
TOM GOERZ, Field Marshall Haig/Recruiter
TRACY CANTIN, Thelma
DAVID POMEROY, Archbishop Roche
LESLIE ANN BRADLEY, Elizabeth Crowley
JAMES MCLENNAN, George Crowley
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