What Was Needed Most

What Was Needed Most

“Stories from the final days of a country, music about looking back”

What Was Needed Most is touring Newfoundland and Labrador this December! Robert Chafe’s stunning monologues will carry you through time and place, exploring life in our pre-Confederation province, telling the stories of real Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. New music by Duane Andrews, Bekah Simms, and Aiden Hartery sets the stage for Robert’s beautiful text, performed by the inimitable Duo Concertante (Nancy Dahn, violin & Timothy Steeves, piano) and cellist Amy Collyer-Holmes.


Juno award-winning Duo Concertante (Nancy Dahn, violin; Timothy Steeves, piano), emerging cellist Amy Collyer-Holmes, and celebrated playwright Robert Chafe take to the stage this December with What Was Needed Most; a unique musical and dramatic piece that celebrates Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in Canada. The foundation of this collaboration is uncovered in the collected stories and music from across the province, bringing to light the voices, hopes and dreams that are 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 that weave 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.


What Was Needed Most will travel 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!

Saturday December 2nd, 2:00pm
The Old Church, Admiral’s Cove
Tickets available on Eventbrite

Sunday December 3rd, 3:00pm
St. George’s Heritage Church, Brigus
Tickets available on Eventbrite

Thursday December 7th, 8:00pm
New Curtain Theatre, Milton
Tickets available through the Theatre
(709) 466-7490

Friday December 8th, 7:30pm
D.F. Cook Recital Hall, St. John’s
Tickets available through MUN School of Music

Saturday December 9th, 2:00pm
The Garrick Theatre, Bonavista
Tickets available through the Theatre
(709) 468-5777

Thursday December 14th, 8:00pm
Grenfell Theatre, Corner Brook
Tickets available through Grenfell College

Friday December 15th, 8:00pm
Arts and Culture Centre, Stephenville
Tickets available through the Centre
(709) 643-4571

Sunday December 17th, 2:00pm
Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre, Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Tickets available through the Centre
(709) 896-4027

What Was Needed Most is supported by: