Cottage Radio

A three act play – with live indie music – inspired by the Goderich tornado

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Productions and Readings:
Mar 2019 – Women’s Work Festival, Newfoundland
Nov 2015 – Alumnae Theatre’s Fireworks Festival, Toronto, Ontario
Aug 2014 – The Livery, Goderich, Ontario
Mar 2014 – Alumnae Theatre’s New Ideas Festival, Toronto, Ontario (Reading)
Aug 2013 – Steady Stage Theatre Project’s Script Scrap Festival, Toronto, Ontario (Reading)

Synopsis:
Inspired by the true events of the devastating 2011 Goderich tornado, Cottage Radio investigates our ties to home and asks: who are we when a part of us is caught in a storm? The fictional Marley clan crams together in a small family cottage on the outskirts of town in the aftermath of the F3 tornado. Over the course of three days, the family deals with losses both material and emotional, both in the past and the present. Combining song and stories from the community through a live radio broadcast from the cottage’s living room, the Marleys collect their demons, fight to find truth, and discover what the storm has left behind.

What People Are Saying:
“Cottage Radio is a dynamic, complex, and very funny play with fabulous music set in beautiful and historic Goderich. Taylor Graham has written such rich and delicious characters, people who are familiar and yet presented in an utterly unique way. I am thrilled to see such a powerful play set in small town Ontario – true Canadiana, and yet, universal!” – Judith Thompson, playwright

Taylor has brought to life a small community reeling from a catastrophic event with good humour, warmth, and intelligence.” – Andrea Romaldi, dramaturg

“Saw ‘Cottage Radio’ Sunday night with a deeply enthusiastic audience. As a former columnist and arts critic for The San Francisco Chronicle, I’ve often been surprised by major talent in unexpected places, and “Cottage Radio” stands out as a vivid, dramatic, intensely well-acted, searingly written, boldly realized collaboration of playwright, composer, director, cast, and crew. A major emotional and theatrical production on an appealingly personal subject staged in a lovely, historic building. Congratulations to the Collective. A significant accomplishment!” – Bill Mandel, arts critic

Articles
“Alumnae Theatre’s New Ideas Festival: A Stepping Stone in the Playwright’s Journey” by Carolyn Zapf
“Marking Three Year Anniversary of Goderich tornado” CTV London
“Tune Into Cottage Radio” Goderich Signal Star
“Story of Goderich tornado coming to the stage” CTV London

CBC Radio Interview:
CBC Interview on Ontario Morning

Fireworks Festival Cottage Radio Trailer: