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Blyth Festival 2008 – Beverley Cooper’s Innocence Lost: a play about Steven Truscott

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Paula Citron
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Innocence Lost: a play about Steven Truscott
Blyth Festival
Written by Beverley Cooper
Directed by Miles Potter
Starring Susan Armstrong, Marion Day, Deborah Grover, Robert King, Noah Reid, Shannon Scott, Curtis teBrinke, Patricia Vanstone, Larry Yachimec and Tatum Bedard
Blyth Memorial Hall until Sept. 13
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It is a strange feeling watching a play about Steven Truscott at the Blyth Festival surrounded by people who lived the story. Just a few kilometres down the road is the town of Clinton where the 1959 tragedy took place.

Beverley Cooper treats the play as a docudrama, lifting out text from court transcripts and interviews. The ten-member ensemble performs many roles and Cooper tries to give all sides of the story. The conscience of the play is a young farm girl, a classmate of Truscott’s that Cooper calls Sarah played by Marion Day. Through her, we see the shifting opinions that have swirled around the case. The first act is about the murder and the trial. The second act is about author Isabel Lebourdais’ attempt to get a new trial.

Even though we know the story, it is still powerful theatre.

Innocence Lost: a play about Steven Truscott continues at the Blyth Festival until Sept. 13.

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