April 21 - May 17, 2020


by Michael Healey

Show Info

“highly entertaining – not for political junkies only” —NOW MAGAZINE

“genuinely moving, sincerely funny – and fun.” —GLOBE & MAIL

A sharp comedy about backroom politics.

In June of 1979, Joe Clark was sworn in as Canada’s youngest Prime Minister. By Christmas, it looked as though it could be all over. 1979 is a comedy by Michael Healey (Proud, The Drawer Boy) that looks at Clark and the pressure he was under to save his government. Everyone – friends, foes, family – has an opinion about what Joe should do. Should he play the game and remain in power, or do what he thinks is right?

Politics can be nasty; in Michael Healey’s hands, they can be very funny, too. Characters such as Pierre Trudeau, Brian Mulroney, Maureen McTeer, and even a very young Stephen Harper come tumbling through the revolving door of the Prime Minister’s Office. But what I really love is the tension between principles and politics in this play, making it incredibly apt for these times. —MS


Free Childcare Matinees: May 3 at 2pm | May 16 at 4pm

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Cast & Artists

    • Luisa Jojic
    • Woman
    • Anton Lipovetsky
    • Joe Clark
    • John Ullyatt
    • Man
    • Michael Healey
    • Playwright
    • Glynis Leyshon
    • Director
    • Pam Johnson
    • Set & Costume Designer
    • Geoff George
    • Lighting Designer
    • Tobin Stokes
    • Composer & Sound Designer
    • Carolyn Moon
    • Video Designer
    • Jennifer Swan
    • Stage Manager
    • Becca Jorgensen
    • Assistant Stage Manager
    • Jennifer Dawn Bishop
    • Assistant Director (participation made possible through the Belfry’s Indigenous Learning Exchange Program)
    • Hailee Jake Friesen
    • Assistant Costume Designer (participation made possible through the Belfry’s Emerging Artist Enhancement Program, funded by the RBC Emerging Artists Project).