Guelph, ON – Newfoundland treasure and national queen of comedy, Mary Walsh, explores the back story of one of her most famous fictional personas, Marg Delahunty, Princess Warrior in Dancing with Rage. The one-woman show, written and performed by Walsh, plays River Run Centre’s Main Stage on Friday, October 4 at 8pm, and is presented as part of the Guelph Infiniti Comedy Series and in partnership with the Guelph Comedy Festival.
The premise of the play is a cross-country quest. The audience learns that, during a school choir trip to Expo 67, the then teenaged Princess Warrior had a tryst and mothered a child. The child – at the insistence of Marg’s mother – was given up for adoption almost as soon as it was born. At age 60 and facing imminent blindness from macular degeneration, Marg is now determined to cast sighted eyes upon the love child she never knew before her vision is lost for good.
While Dancing with Rage is technically a ‘one woman show’, the production features a full cast of characters. Walsh plays an array of parts, many of them familiar to her legions of fans from her days on the CBC’s CODCO and This Hour Has 22 Minutes. The crass and cocky Dakey Dunn, the feisty senior Miss Eulalia Turpin, Mom Reardon and Connie Bloor are but a few of the characters Walsh morphs in to and out of in her animated performance. The production also includes video segments that feature comedic musical interludes and some of Marg Delahunty’s greatest antics.
Originally co-produced by Theatre Passe Muraille and the RCA Theatre Company, Dancing with Rage is directed by Walsh’s longtime comedy collaborator, Andy Jones. The fictional story line is punctuated with some themes that ring true to Walsh’s own life (although she insists she never made it to Expo 67). Like all of Walsh’s best comedic work, Dancing with Rage takes shots at pop culture, capitalism, current events, and of course skewers many a politician in the process.
Walsh is the recipient of 25 Gemini Awards, the Order of Canada, and a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement. Dancing with Rage, described by Scene Magazine as “a kick at the darkness by one of our most talented performers,” is an opportunity to witness a living Canadian legend do what she does best; make us laugh.
Tickets start at $33 for adults and $31 for students and seniors. $5 eyeGO tickets are available for high school students with valid ID. $20 uGO tickets are available to university and college students with valid ID. Tickets are available at the River Run Box Office at 519-763-3000, or online at riverun.ca.