Blundell brings the Ruffian
Arlene Blundell saw Mrs. Reynolds and the Ruffian when it premiered in England in 2011, and she is bringing the play to Qualicum Beach beginning April 24.
“This is probably a Canadian premiere,” said Blundell, the director of the play running at Echo Player’s Village Theatre from April 24 to May 11.
The story, written by Gary Owen, surrounds a delinquent youth and a little old lady. When the young boy vandalizes her garden the two end up having to spend some time together.
“It’s an old story in a lot of ways, but with a modern twist of social justice,” said Blundell.
The playwright did a lot of research on social welfare agencies and from acting classes involving troubled youth, Blundell explained. That information coupled with top-notch writing makes for a great story, she said.
Blundell currently lives in Nanaimo where she was a high school drama teacher for eight years. She was involved in theatre herself during school and went on to do courses and workshops through Theatre B.C. She ran a production company called UBetcha! for years in Nanaimo which featured many members of Echo Players. Blundell said she is pleased to be running a play that features teenagers and with a message that shows that caring matters.
“It’s thought provoking and I hope it will create discussion,” she said.
Mrs. Reynolds and the Ruffian is playing at the Village Theatre. Tickets are $19 for adults, $16 for seniors, $10 for students and $5 for 12 and under. Phone 250-752-3522 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For box office hours and more information visit www.echoplayers.ca.