directed by Brian Quirt
from the novel by Jane Urquhart
Brian Quirt, in adapting the story for the stage, not only remains
faithful to the esthetic spirit of the novel, he uses its ethereal
quality to create a theatrical work of haunting beauty."
- Vit Wagner, The Toronto Star
created a theatrical adaptation of Jane Urquhart's novel The
by working with a choreographer, a composer and a company of actors
to find a distinct and innovative way to bring this acclaimed book
to the stage. The process took three years and four workshops, and
was a continual delight to work on. "One of the most original
dramas in years," wrote Maclean's Magazine when the play premiered
in Toronto in 2000.
Niagara Falls in 1889, Fleda and her husband David are to build
a house on a height of land above the Niagara River whirlpool. David
is visited in his dreams by Laura Secord. Fleda's dreams reside
in the woods surrounding the whirlpool where she first encounters
Patrick - a poet who enters their landscape and changes their destiny.
in Niagara Falls, the young widow who runs the local funeral home
is struggling out of her mourning and coping with her strange silent
child. It's summer, the season of reckless stunts and river casualties,
and as these five lives become entangled by the whirlpool, darker
and more sinister currents gain momentum and ultimately release
them from their obessions.
Published by Playwrights Canada Press 2001; ISBN
0-88754-611-0. Contact Playwrights Canada Press at www.puc.ca
Tarragon Theatre, Toronto
February 23 to April 2, 2000
Directed by Brian Quirt
Choreography by Julia Sasso
Featuring Christine Brubaker, Tracey Ferencz, Martin
Julien, Andrew Massingham, Jordan Pettle
Design by Dany Lyne and Bonnie
Music by Justin Haynes
Assistant Director: Naomi Campbell
Special thanks to Jane Urquhart for her beautiful novel and
her generosity in allowing us to bring it to life on the stage.View
A student production of an abridged version of The
Whirlpool was presented by Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High
School as part of the 2009 Sears Drama Festival, directed and choreographed
by student Melissa Rumble.