“Threshold of Magic: The Death and Life of Tom Thomson” brings to life in brilliant colour and verse the artistic genius of this Canadian icon. “Barry Brodie has accomplished something quite astonishing…he has created a compelling meditation on the creative process,” says Bob Steele of CBC Afternoon Drive about the show. Angie Littlefield, author of The Thomsons of Durham and Tom Thomson’s Fine Kettle of Friends also praises Brodie as a fellow Thomson scholar, stating: “Barry’s [work] brings together meticulous research, technical wizardry, an impressive set, and great acting…an artist finding himself never gets old, and with this play, we are indeed on the threshold of magic.”
The play begins at the moment of Tom Thomson’s accidental death while canoeing in his beloved Canoe Lake. Invited by a benevolent spirit-guardian, Ralph Waldo Emerson, to explore his life and art, Tom recalls the relationships and inspirations that contributed to his amazing artistic legacy. The play examines the intersection of art, human relationships and nature. The audience is allowed an intimate look into the character who drew from a deep appreciation and love of nature, technical excellence, and a desire to express the infinite through his art. Drawn from historical documents as well as conversations with members of the Thompson family, this work brings to life this Canadian legend.
Tuesday, July 11th at 8 p.m. $35 general admission; $25 students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite. Further information call 519-977-4525.