The Colony of Unrequited Dreams

Robert Chafe's The Colony of Unrequited Dreams is a play about unresolved feelings set in the last days of Newfoundland as a country.

Robert Chafe, based on the novel by Wayne Johnston

Spanning two decades, Smallwood's story is anchored and propelled by one of Johnston's most memorable creations: the fictitious Sheilagh Fielding, a caustic newspaper columnist whose own battles with the past and alcohol addiction find full vent and expression in her tireless dogging of Smallwood's climb to power. At its heart, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams is the story of a man whose career is buoyed and sometimes sunk by his unresolved feelings for a woman he never allowed himself to love. It is also the story of Newfoundland's final years as a country, the end of one cultural and political trajectory, and the beginning of another. (Playwrights Canada Press)

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