Kanata Theatre is proud and delighted to open it’s 35th Anniversary Season with a play that in four years has truly become a Canadian Classic, Michael Healey’s “The Drawer Boy”.

“The Drawer Boy” a theatrical success since its opening in 1999, was awarded four Dora awards, including Outstanding New Play and Production as well as the Chalmers Award and the 1999 Governor General’s Award for Drama. Since then, it has tour across Canada making a brief stop at the National Arts Centre and has been produced to critical acclaim all over North America and in Europe. “The Drawer Boy” beautifully explores the art of storytelling, the effectiveness of performance and the power of theatre to change lives.

The roots of “The Drawer Boy” lie in an historic chapter of Canadian theatre history. In 1972, a group of young, Toronto based actors, embarked on a project which involved the study of an Ontario farming community. Actors lived with farm families in the community of Clinton, Ontario, laboured on these farms and collected stories from the people they encountered. The stories were developed into a collective theatrical production called “The Farm Show” which opened in Toronto and later toured parts of Canada. The Farm Show significantly contributed to the early development of Toronto's Theatre Passe Muraille which has become a revolutionary force in Canadian theatre.

The story is of a young actor named Miles who is participating in a theatre project involving the collection of stories from a rural community (The character is named for actor/director Miles Potter who participated in “The Farm Show” project and who directed the premiere production of “The Drawer Boy”). Miles's arrival at the farm home shared by two aging bachelors, Angus and Morgan, sets in motion a series of events that challenge the quiet and seemingly uneventful existence of the two farmers.

Personalities and cultures at once set characters apart, with Miles and Morgan defending opposite poles. Miles, an ambitious, idealistic young artist and a product of the big city, is in search of knowledge, experience and the ultimate story to bring to the collective theatre project in which he is involved.

At the centre of the conflict and competition between Miles and Morgan is Angus, an individual left confused and handicapped after a severe head injury in WWII seemingly wiped away his memory. However, beneath Angus' simple, child-like exterior lies an acute understanding of mathematical figures and statistics. Deep within the heart of this man are buried memories, experiences, and talents he once possessed, as well as explanations of and answers to his current personal suffering.

Miles discovers the story he needs to impress his acting peers when he overhears Morgan explaining to Angus the history of their friendship, their adventures in the war and their return to Canada. The story strikes a much needed creative chord within Miles and he rehearses his version of Morgan's storytelling episode before his fellow actors, as well as before Angus and Morgan who have been invited to watch. The result is a surprise and challenge to all until the events of the past are finally confronted and the complete truth surfaces.