Is it time to sell the farm?

The Bluewater Summer Playhouse production, Buying the Farm, opened to an delighted crowd on Tuesday night.
The play, written by Shelley Hoffman and Stephen Sparks and directed by artistic director Ralph Small, is a three-actor comedy featuring two recent Sheridan College graduates. Special representatives from Sheridan college were on hand for the opening night as well as members of the local PROBUS club.
Buying the Farm is a story of what can happen when a family’s farm heritage clashes with modern development.
There’s always work to be done on the farm, and the irascible uncle Magnus (Patrick Young) is sure to take advantage of every set of hands that show up, including those of enthusiastic, yet naïve, real estate representative Brad Deacon (Aiden Burke). Progess is coming and mounting debt has left great-uncle Bjornson wondering what will happen with the farm. Conflict ensues when Brad and bossy great-niece Esme (Meghan Caine) find they have a different vision for their own lives and the future of the property.
“Feedin’ people is something you can be proud of,” says Esme.
Despite the heat between the two, Magnus takes steps to ensure the truth comes out so they can discuss all the complications and come to a decision. Filled with some relatable farm humour – from phone party lines to farm animals – the production provided a lot of laughter and a few unexpected outcomes for the packed audience. In the end, they were left to question the value we, as an evolving society, place on rural property and the stress we put on our farmers.
If you want to find out who wins the argument or if they can reach a compromise, be sure to get a ticket before the production ends Aug. 24.
There are only a few events left in the Bluewater season. Next up are the ever-popular Ballaghs with their fiddle celebration, Aug. 27-29; followed by Séan McCann (formerly of Great Big Sea) for one night only on Sunday, Sept. 1; and the final production is a magical fairy tale matinée on Sunday, Sept. 14. Presented by Dufflebag Theatre, this final event is suitable for children and adults; all proceeds will go to Big Brothers, Big Sisters Kincardine.
For more information or to book your tickets, contact the box office at 519-396-5722 or visit online at

Is it time to sell the farm? was last modified: August 21st, 2019 by Tammy Schneider

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