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St. John's, NL A1C 5W4


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A one-woman show written & directed by L'nu playwright Leahdawn Helena that explores the lives and legacy of the Beothuk People of Nfld.

About this event

Due to forecasted rain, tonight's (Wed Aug 17) performance of STOLEN SISTERS will be performed indoors in the beautiful First Light Centre for Perfomance and Creativity located at 81 Cochrane Street.

Starring Deantha Edmunds, written & directed by L'nu playwright Leahdawn Helena, STOLEN SISTERS explores the life and legacy of the Beothuk people, an Indigenous people who are culturally extinct due to Colonial violence.

Their history is little known outside of Newfoundland, and woefully misrepresented within the province itself, as it has traditionally only been conveyed from a white-Western colonizer-settler perspective.

As some of the first Indigenous North Americans to encounter Europeans, and be directly effected by colonization, they have become a historical footnote.

STOLEN SISTERS attempts to tell the very specific stories of Newfoundland Beothuk women who exist in the historical record, while representing events that have happened countless times throughout history among colonized people worldwide.

STOLEN SISTERS is told through three characters played by one actor - Oubee, Shawnidithit, and Santu Toney - each of whom exist and live on through historical record.

ASL Interpretation will be available for the performance on Wednesday, August 24 .

We at PerSIStence Theatre recognize that this performance contains sensitive material which is likely to bring up a variety of emotions and memories, especially for people with lived experience of violence, including colonial violence.

The STOLEN SISTERS project is grounded in community collaboration, and as part of this, we strive to prioritize the safety and wellbeing of the audience. Click here for content warnings and to learn more.

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