If a Place Could Be Made

The Daly Family Collective (Diana Daly, Louise Moyes, Anne Troake)

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Louise Moyes and Diana Daly © Photo: Jared Reid
Dance Contemporary Cross-disciplinary

Following a sold-out, five-show run in St. John’s last year, the Daly Family Collective presents If a Place Could be Made, the touching and funny story of the Daly family of Newfoundland.

Kitty and Daniel Daly of Riverhead, St. Mary’s Bay, had 12 children, six of whom were very tall and six of whom had skeletal dysplasia, today known as persons of short stature. 

Their great-granddaughter (and great-niece), singer-songwriter Diana Daly, dancer-actor Louise Moyes, and director/ collaborator Anne Troake have been asked to tell their stories.

 In a journey of friendship and song, Diana and Louise bring the Daly family’s memories to life through powerful images, tales, songs, dance, laughter, and a bit of Carlton Showband! If a Place Could Be Made is a story about family, strong personalities, great faith, inclusion, expansion, and making the best out of what we have been given. 

Funded by: ArtsNL, City of St. John's, Resource Centre for the Arts Theatre Company, and Canada Council for the Arts.

video: If a Place Could Be Made - excerpts
If a Place Could Be Made - excerpts
Louise Moyes and Diana Daly © Photo: Jared Reid
Louise Moyes © Photo: Andrew Winter
Louise Moyes and Diana Daly © Photo: Jared Reid
Daly Family Collective © Photo: Jared Reid


  • Created by Diana Daly, Louise Moyes, and Anne Troake
  • Performed by Diana Daly and Louise Moyes
  • Director and Co-creator Anne Troake
  • Choreography Louise Moyes and Anne Troake
  • Music Diana Daly and Lori Clarke