June 30, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.
Astrid Van Wieren, Colin Furlong © Paul Daly
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Astrid Van Wieren, Colin Furlong © Paul Daly
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“Artistic Fraud is one of the most innovative and exciting theatre companies in Canada. The set design and staging were kinetic, memorable, elemental. Desks, chairs, walls, and actors slid and curved into place like perfectly thrown curling stones – like the stage floor was made of smooth ice. I found myself wishing that Colony of Unrequited Dreams could be made into a mini-series.”  nfldtxt.com

NAC English Theatre Collaboration

An Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland (St. John’s) production in collaboration with Canada’s National Arts Centre

A sweeping drama of personal and political ambition follows soon-to-be Premier Joey Smallwood – the self-described “Last Father of Confederation” – as he propels the Dominion of Newfoundland into union with Canada in 1949. Both saint and sinner, the charismatic, controversial Smallwood is hounded every step of the way by witty, booze-soaked reporter Sheilagh Fielding – his intellectual equal and lifelong nemesis.

With a crackling narrative, sultry jazz score and a cast of forty characters, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams is an epic and expansive retelling of a defining Canadian story.

“My collaborator Robert Chafe started working on Wayne Johnston’s epic in 2009. It was a nearly impossible task – a story spanning 25 years with the most unlikely hero and villain combined in one man as ever landed in our collective history. This production debuted in January 2015 and I’m really proud to bring it to our national stage.” – Jillian Keiley, Artistic director, NAC English Theatre

The NAC English Theatre is continually striving to make theatre accessible to all audiences. In order to do so for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, we are pleased to announce American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided for the February 5 matinée performance. 

Celebrate the holiday of love with us!  
Join us before the show February 9-11 from 7- 7:30 p.m. and enjoy pianist Steve Boudreau's smooth jazz.  We will set the scene for romance by decorating the foyer with roses as far as the eye can see. Lindt Chocolate – Hudson Bay Rideau Center will be onsite and handing out samples for your enjoyment. And for just $12 you can enjoy a glass of La Delizia Prosecco or Poema Cava Brut from one of the NAC bars.

Performance is approximately 3 hours including intermission

video: The Colony of Unrequited Dreams
The Colony of Unrequited Dreams
Astrid Van Wieren, Colin Furlong © Paul Daly
Steve O’Connell © Victoria Wells
Colin Furlong © Victoria Wells


  • Based on the bestselling novel by Wayne Johnston
  • Adapted for the stage by Robert Chafe
  • Directed by Jillian Keiley
  • Featuring Colin Furlong
  • Featuring Carmen Grant
  • Featuring Darryl Hopkins
  • Featuring Willow Kean
  • Featuring Brian Marler
  • Featuring Steve O'Connell
  • Featuring Jody Richardson
  • Featuring Paul Rowe
  • Featuring Charlie Tomlinson
  • Featuring Alison Woolridge
  • Featuring David Corrigan
  • Featuring Bennett Van Barr