Festival Players of Prince Edward County is the region’s professional theatre company.

For more than 10 years, we have been bringing the beautiful landscapes, towns and villages of the County to life through the incredible power of theatre.

Graham Abbey, acclaimed stage, TV and film actor, director and founder of The Groundling Theatre Company, has assumed the role of Artistic Director, with 2018 being his first season in this role. Abbey, with over 30 Stratford roles to his credit has also directed three critically acclaimed productions for Groundling Theatre including, The Winter’s Tale and Measure for Measure at the Winter Garden Theatre and LEAR at Harboufrount Theatre in Toronto.

Founded in 2006 by John Burns, and led by Artistic Director Sarah Phillips from 2007-2016, Festival Players has produced and presented work by some of Canada’s finest theatre artists including world premieres of new works by Dave Carley (A Splinter in the Heart), and John Gray (Amelia: The Girl who Wanted to Fly). Productions have taken place in a century-old barn, under a tent in an estate vineyard, in a village church-turned-theatre, and on the beautiful properties of many of the County’s finest agricultural and hospitality businesses.

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Production History

Founded in 2006 by John Burns, and led by Artistic Director Sarah Phillips from 2007-2016, Festival Players has produced and presented work by some of Canada’s finest theatre artists including world premieres of new works by Dave Carley (A Splinter in the Heart), and John Gray (Amelia: The Girl who Wanted to Fly). Productions have taken place in a century-old barn, under a tent in an estate vineyard, in a village church-turned-theatre, and on the beautiful properties of many of the County’s finest agricultural and hospitality businesses. Graham Abbey joined Festival Players in 2017/18 as Artistic Director.

2017

  • Hippolyta’s Wedding: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  • Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jones
  • Mary’s Wedding by Stephen Massicotte
  • The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy by Eric Woolfe (An Eldritch Theatre Production)
  • True Crime by Torquil Campbell and Chris Abraham (A Crow’s Theatre Production)

2016

  • SoloFest
    • White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour
    • Paddle Song by Cheri Maracle
    • Assassinating Thompson by Bruce Horak
    • Getting to Room Temperature by Arthur Milner
    • Inside/Out by Patrick Keating
    • Bookworm by Corin Raymond
    • Empire of the Son by Tetsuro Shigematsu
    • The Space Between by Simeon Taole
  • Human Library Project
  • Sounding Ground Audio Plays
  • Tale of a Town: Prince Edward County co-produced with FIXT POINT Arts and Media
  • A Splinter in the Heart by Dave Carley

2015

  • Made in the County
    • The Ground Beneath Our Feet
    • A Splinter in the Heart by Dave Carley
    • Tale of a Town: Prince Edward County
  • SoloFest
    • Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story by Beau Andrew Dixon
    • Big Shot by John Lachlan Stewart
    • Hamlet (solo) by William Shakespeare
    • Seasick by Alanna Mitchell
    • Trudeau Stories by Brooke Johnson
    • The Untitled Sam Mullins Project by Sam Mullins
  • Stag and Doe by Mark Crawford
  • Unjustly by Shadow of a Doubt Collective

2014

  • All for Beaver Hats! by David S. Craig
  • Test Drive by Dave Carley
  • Radio :30 by Chris Earle
  • Sunday Series @ Huff Estates
    • Autobiography by George Meanwell
    • Du Coq À L’Âme by Nathalie Nadon
    • The National Theatre of the World 
    • Parsons and Morel Make Magic by Jenny Parsons and Steve Morel
    • The Polka Dogs
    • Weaksauce by Sam S. Mullins

2013

  • Highway 63: The Fort Mac Show by Architect Theatre
  • Miss Caledonia by Melody A. Johnson
  • The Notorious Right Robert and his Robber Bride by Sean Dixon
  • Festival Players for Families
    • Buster Canfield and his Circus of Amazing Fleas by Eric Woolfe
    • Countries Shaped Like Stars by Michael di Gaetano and Emily Pearlman
    • Laura Secord by Sandra Cardinal and Chris McKhool

2012

  • For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again / Encore une fois si vous permettez by Michel Tremblay, Translation by Linda Gaboriau
  • Harvest by Ken Cameron
  • In the Wake by the Downstage Creation Ensemble
  • Sounding Ground Audio Plays

2011

  • Amelia: The Girl Who Wants to Fly by John Gray
  • The Ballad of Weedy Peetstraw by Peter Anderson and John Millard
  • The Book of Esther by Leanna Brodie
  • Sounding Ground Audio Plays

2010

  • Amelia: The Girl Who Wants to Fly by John Gray
  • I’ll Be Back Before Midnight by Peter Colley
  • Tempting Providence by Robert Chafe

2009

  • Colours in the Storm by Jim Betts
  • Schoolhouse by Leanna Brodie
  • Ship of Fire by Marion de Vries, Suzanne Pasternak and Bernie Gaw

2008

  • Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) by Ann-Marie MacDonald
  • Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave by Maynard Collins
  • Picton Papers by Leslie Arden
  • Salt Water Moon by David French

2007

  • Elizabeth Rex by Timothy Findley
  • Picton Papers by Leslie Arden
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Graham Abbey, Artistic Director

Mandate

Festival Players of Prince Edward County offers theatre experiences which are professional, relevant to our community, engaging, entertaining and Canadian-made.

Vision

Our Vision is that Prince Edward County will be enriched by the power of live theatre; theatre which is deeply rooted in the fabric of the community and which inspires creativity, gathering, exchange of ideas and pride of place.

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Festival Players Team

Graham Abbey – Artistic Director
graham@festivalplayers.ca

Julianne Snepsts – Managing Director and Producer
julianne@festivalplayers.ca

Krista Dalby  – Associate Producer
krista@festivalplayers.ca

John Burns – Sponsorship Manager
johnb@festivalplayers.ca

Brianna Gorsline – Assistant Producer
brianna@festivalplayers.ca

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