Tuckamore Travels

What Was Needed Most


Performed by Juno award-winning Duo Concertante (Nancy Dahn, violin; Timothy Steeves, piano), emerging cellist Amy Collyer-Holmes, and celebrated playwright Robert Chafe, What Was Needed Most is a unique musical and dramatic piece that celebrates Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in Canada and reflects the voices, hopes, dreams, music, and stories of its communities. The foundation of this collaboration is uncovered in the collected stories and music from across the province, and brings to light the threads that bind us all together. Robert Chafe (Artistic Fraud) has explored the rugged beauty of our province, gathering original tales from a variety of individuals and weaving an intimate depiction of life in pre-confederation Newfoundland and Labrador. New music has been commissioned from three alumni of the Tuckamore Festival, Duane Andrews, Bekah Simms, and Aiden Hartery. Their music, inspired by the rich traditions of their home, illuminates the subtext of Chafe’s intimate writing, accompanying the audience on their journey through time and place, as they bring to light What Was Needed Most.


Tuckamore Travels will bring What Was Needed Most to regions previously visited by Robert Chafe, giving audiences the unique opportunity to experience a performance they helped create. Following performances, audience members will be invited to share their reflections on the impact of the piece.

We hope to see you there! Tickets go on sale this autumn.

Saturday, December 2nd: World Premiere at The Old Church in Admiral’s Cove, Cape Broyle
Sunday, December 3rd: St. George’s Heritage Church, Brigus
Thursday, December 7th: New Curtain Theatre, Milton
Friday, December 8th: D.F. Cook Recital Hall, St. John’s
Saturday, December 9th: The Garrick Theatre, Bonavista
Thursday, December 14th: Grenfell College, Corner Brook
Friday, December 15th: Arts and Culture Centre, Stephenville
Sunday, December 17th: Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre, Happy Valley-Goose Bay