True tales of the Beothuk are lost forever to time, but a new play from PerSIStence Theatre will explore the lives and legacy of a people now culturally extinct due to colonial violence.
Written by L’nu playwright Leahdawn Helena, STOLEN SISTERS stars renowned Inuk performer Deantha Edmunds. It will perform August 16-28, 2022 around the Heart Garden, a reconciliation space on the grounds of Government House in St. John’s, Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland).
Historical record tells us a little of child Oubee, woman Shanawdithit, and elder Santu Toney. While exact details may be forever lost, there is still much Truth to be shared from their narratives – Truth that has been obscured or ignored by colonial storytellers. Drawing from her own journey of Reconciliation as a member of the Qalipu Nation, Leahdawn Helena has carefully crafted a play that attempts to honour their Truth.
Performer Deantha Edmunds, recently returned from singing for Inuit residential school survivors in the presence of Pope Francis in Iqaluit, plays all three characters and feels that this is an important play for everyone to see.
“I was very drawn to this story,” says Edmunds, who is Inuk. “We cannot move forward without continuing to highlight the impacts of colonialism on all Indigenous peoples.”
“But there is also so much beauty in the stories of these three characters. They have magnificence and deserve to be celebrated.”
STOLEN SISTERS will perform at 6pm nightly from August 16-28, excepting Monday August 22. The performance takes place outdoors around the Heart Garden, a Reconciliation space on the grounds of Government House.
PerSIStence Theatre is supported by the Government of Canada, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Come Home Year 2022, Arts NL, the City of St. John’s, and through the generosity of the RBC Foundation’s Emerging Artist program.