Tennessee William’s The Glass Menagerie

A wonderful evening last night with friends at Jlonka and Marcel’s – small plates & wine – followed by Tennessee William’s The Glass Menagerie produced by Bowen’s own Kingbaby Productions. Check out the write up in the Undercurrent.

What made this production special was a real-life mother/son team Jackie Minns and her son Andrew Cameron playing the roles of Amanda and Tom Wingfield respectively.

Last time I saw The Glass Menagerie was when I had just emigrated to Canada in April 1997. I landed in Toronto before starting my cross-country train ride and on my second night in Canada, managed to get a ticket to see Kiefer Sutherland along with his mother Shirley Douglas play the mother/son Wingfields. It was pretty awesome for me to see Kiefer Sutherland live, having only ever seen him in movies prior to this. If memory serves me right, he and his mother did a fine job at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto.

Last night’s performance was just fabulous, and brought back such good memories of my initial days in my new country.

If you missed the performances this weekend, then you still have a chance to see it next weekend.

Glass Menagerie

About Kate Coffey

After 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2013-2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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