Kathleen Cassidy saw the play West Moon while in Newfoundland in 2018. Then over the next few weeks as she toured the province, she saw firsthand the effects the resettlement of small fishing villages had on the people there.
Cassidy said resettlement, which continues to this day on the East Coast, seemed to be on everyone’s minds. She did a lot of hiking while there, and would venture to the abandoned villages themselves. They would feature plaques and pictures of what those villages looked like before everyone left for larger centres. And it was in the music too.
It is something that has stuck with her and a big reason why she wanted to bring the play to the Roxy stage.
“I got home and I just really wanted to do the play,” Cassidy said recently.
Cassidy got her wish and Owen Sound Little Theatre’s production of Al Pittman’s West Moon opens at the Roxy on Thursday and runs Feb. 6-8 and 12-15.
Written by Pittman, the well-know poet and playwright, West Moon is set in Newfoundland in the 1960s after many of the small coastline villages had been resettled to larger centres because of the demise of the traditional salt cod fishery. The people were moved so they would have better access to government services like health care, schools, post offices and electricity.