I am a Newfoundlander, born on a windswept rock in the middle of the North Atlantic and fiercely proud of my home and heritage. I now live in Adelaide, a beautiful city with lovely, warm people, which often reminds me of home. I am what one would call a "come from away". Newfoundlanders refer to anyone who is from "away" as such.
This weekend past, my daughter and I spent the weekend in Melbourne. Two of my sons were competing in a National Ice Hockey tournament which is very Canadian of them and the reason that we were there.
A few days before the trip, I took a look at what was happening in Melbourne and noticed a French Bastille Day festival, a few interesting markets, the World Rubik's Cube Championship, AFL games and a new musical called Come from Away. I was so excited! I had heard the reviews and had contemplated a trip to Broadway or Toronto before this award-winning musical was no more however as the mother of 4 very active children with expensive sporting activities, it wasn't looking good.
I bought a few tickets to the Sunday matinee as this time slot was directly between the consolation and grand final games of the tournament. We found a great little laneway brunch and headed to the show.
Come from Away brought me home. Our music, our people and their kindness and warmth were on display. The performances were solid and the accents well done! We have very interesting dialects across the province so managing the accent and allowing people to understand what you are saying is a feat in itself.
The story was about 38 planes en route to the States being forced to land as a result of 9/11. There were nearly as many international passengers (7000) on the tarmac as was the population of Gander (9000) and they were there for 5 days. What happened next was magic and the cast and musicians nailed it. The story is true, beautiful, upbeat and uplifting. Hats off to all involved with this amazing production.
It was simply such a great show. Do yourself a favour and go. Just go.
As soon as the show was over, we quickly made our way to the Ice rink in Docklands where we watched SA win the U18 Gold medal for the first time since 1993.