Shipwright Sessions

Ship’s Company will debut the brand new ”Shipwright Sessions” this summer. From published award-winning plays to still-in-development musicals, the Shipwright Sessions give you the opportunity to hear excerpts of these works from the playwright themselves combined with a close-up look at the writer through mini-interviews led by Ship’s artistic director Richie Wilcox. The Shipwright Sessions, which are free to the public and available through Ship’s Company social media, feature Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story by Beau Dixon, Mind The Light by Gabrielle Papillon, Silence: Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell by Trina Davies, and Mi’kmaq Stories: Past and Present by Catherine Martin, Trevor Gould and Shalan Joudry with a reading by Shalan Joudry.

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Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story by Beau Dixon

July 10, 2020/ @8pm

This one-man musical chronicles the life of Maurice Ruddick, an African Canadian who survived the historic mining disaster in Springhill, Nova Scotia in 1958.  Ruddick – an African Canadian – was awarded “Citizen of the Year” for saving the lives of his fellow workers.  The show recalls the events of seven miners trapped one mile beneath a small mining town, the effect it had on their rural Canadian community, and the racial tension that surfaced as a result. 

Beau Dixon is a multi-award winning playwright, actor, composer, and sound designer. As a playwright he has been commissioned by Arbor Theatre; Heritage Pavilion; Canadian Citizenship of Immigration and the  Prince of Wales Public School. Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story won him two Dora awards (Best New Play and Best Performance/ TYA Division), the Calgary Critics Award (Best Individual Performance), Calgary Critics nomination (Best Touring Play), and a Betty Mitchell nomination (Best Male Performance).   In 2016 he was a KM Hunter Award finalist and was also inducted into Peterborough’s Pathway of Fame for his leadership in the dramatic arts.


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