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Yarmouth County play explores impact of First World War

YARMOUTH -- A theatre group in southwestern Nova Scotia is looking to bring a play overseas next year.

The cover of Nicole d'Entremont's book, A Generation of Leaves, the basis for the play Le Retour.

The production is a continuation of one presented in Yarmouth County in 2014, based on the novel A Generation of Leaves by Nicole d’Entremont, the story of two brothers from East Pubnico who enlisted in the First World War.

The play, called Le Retour (The Return), is being put on by the Socièté Théatre Générations, which plans to present it this summer in Tusket and wants to take it to Ypres, Belgium, in June 2018.

“We are proud to be doing this representation of a very important time in our history,” said Kathy Nickerson, the play’s co-director. “The story tells not only of the war the soldiers fought overseas, but also the war that their loved ones went through while the soldiers were away, as well as the war that continued to rage in the soldiers after they had returned home.”

Nickerson and others involved in the play – including fellow co-director Jeremy Watkins – made a presentation to Argyle municipal council Feb. 14. The group hopes to get financial support from the Municipality of Argyle to take the production to Belgium. The group will be requesting $2,000 per year for two years (2017 and 2018) from the municipality.

The first play based on Nicole d’Entremont’s book was presented in 2014 at Le Village historique de la Nouvelle-Écosse in Lower West Pubnico. The new play is to be performed this summer at the Father Maurice LeBlanc theatre in Tusket. There likely will be two or three shows the second week of July.

Nicole d’Entremont, who wrote both plays, is from Peaks Island, Maine, but she has roots in the Pubnico area.

Given that 2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Watkins said it’s expected to be a busy time in Belgium. He said he and his fellow troupe members look forward to bringing their play there and being a part of this historic occasion.

The group's presentation to Argyle council included the screening of a promotional video.

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