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Flying on Her Own

Flying on Her Own

September 2008
Trade Paperback · 96 Pages
$16.95 U.S.
ISBN 9780887548505
Playwrights Canada Press


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A moving musical journey based on the life of famed Canadian singer-songwriter, Rita MacNeil. The play incorporates MacNeil’s lyrics to tell the tale of a little girl from Big Pond, Cape Breton, who dreams of having a singing career. From a childhood wrought with difficulty through to her struggles as a single mother on welfare, we see an artist who refuses to give up on her dream, a terribly shy woman who finds her voice as one of Canada’s first and most vocal feminists. This is the story of an artist who has no choice but to pursue her destiny, even when it brings pain and heartbreak to those around her. It is ultimately about the power of art to sustain and inspire us.