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Ours, a lyric drama in two acts and Opera on the Avalon’s first critically acclaimed commission, tracks the social, political, and emotional aftermath of the battle of Beaumont Hamel through the story of Thomas Nangle who was chaplain to the Newfoundland Regiment.
Following the war, Nangle was named to the Imperial War Graves Commission where he led efforts to properly bury the remains of much of the lost regiment across Europe. He established the existing five war memorial sites across Europe, including Beaumont Hamel, as well as the Newfoundland National War Memorial in St. John’s.
His story of sacrifice, hardship, and renewal is the perfect human embodiment of Newfoundland’s journey through the war, and through its horrific aftermath.
Ours was composed by Juno-nominated Canadian composer John Estacio with a libretto by Newfoundland Governor General award-winning playwright Robert Chafe. Directed by Glynis Leyshon and conducted by Judith Yan.
Stephen Hegedus as Arthur Murray
Samuel Chan as Michael
Lara Ciekiewicz as May
Tom Goerz as Field Marshall Haig/Recruiter
David Pomeroy as Archbishop Roche
Tracy Cantin as Thelma
Leslie Ann Bradley as Elizabeth Crowley
James McLennan as George Crowley
John Lindsay as Edward
Ryan Downey as John