It’s true confession time over there on the 9th concession, on the outskirts of Collingwood.

Popular playwright and humourist Dan Needles teams up with singer songwriter  Ian Bell for a ramble through small-town Ontario. The show features stories, songs and lots of laughter.

Dan Needles has been involved with both professional and community theatre for most of his life and is a familiar face in the Collingwood area. He moved, in 1988, to the farm in the area that he and his wife had been using as a weekend place. It has served as fodder for some of his work,

bringing to life the stories and characters of his mythical Persephone Township.

His Wingfield Farm series of stage plays have appeared in virtually every English speaking theatre in Canada, including the Stratford Festival and Royal Alex in Toronto and eventually became a popular television series aired on CBC, Bravo, and the PBS networks.

He is the author of 12 plays, four books, and numerous magazine columns. In 2003, he won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for his local history of Persephone Township, With Axe and Flask.

Ian Bell is a folksinger, songwriter, storyteller, instrumentalist and founding performer of CBC’s Vinyl Café. He has performed across Canada and in the United States since the late 1970s.

His most recent record is called Saturday Night in Villa Nova. He has also contributed to numerous film scores and performed period music for and occasionally appeared in the TV series, The Road to Avonlea.


Theatre Collingwood is staging the show April 25. For more details call the box office at 705-445-2200.

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