Some Blow Flutes
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Produced by HomeFirst Theatre in 2018, Some Blow Flutes is a play by our Artistic Director Mary Vingoe. The play deals with the effects of memory loss, both that brought on by illness and that which is self-induced as a way of numbing pain. The play asks the question: How can we forgive when we cannot remember?

Inspired by a quote from the I Ching which refers to how we respond to tragedy, Some Blow Flutes is the story of Costas Frangoulis, an elderly shoe repair man deeply set in his ways and refusing to admit that his wife Elena is beginning to suffer the effects of dementia. His life is altered when Sandra, a professional organizer who cannot begin to organize her own life, enters his shop. His teenage granddaughter Leah who cares for her grandmother is best friends with Sandra’s estranged daughter Marijke. Marijke is fourteen and pregnant. An unlikely friendship between Costas and Sandra and a chance meeting between Elena and Marijke turn into an unravelling of past lives and hidden grievances which play out with unexpected results.

The production featured scenic and costume designs by nationally acclaimed artist and long-time HomeFirst collaborator Sue LePage. It also featured lighting design by Vicky Williams, projection design by Nick Bottomley, composition and sound design by Steven Naylor, assistant direction by Katie Dorian, production management and stage management by Sylvia Bell, and direction by Mary Vingoe.

An all-star cast featuring some of Nova Scotia’s brightest talents brought the characters to life. A hit with audiences and patrons alike, Some Blow Flutes went on to be nominated for four Theatre Nova Scotia Robert Merritt Awards for professional excellence.

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Mary-Colin Chisholm as Elena Frangoulis
Francine Deschepper as Sandra Pomerenski
Aisla Galbreath as
Leah Frangoulis
Hugh Thompson as Costas Frangoulis
Gina Thornhill as
Marijke Pomerenski


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Sylvia Bell
Production Manager &
Stage Manager
Nick Bottomley
Projection Designer
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Katie Dorian
Assistant Director
Sue LePage
Set and Costume Design
Steven Naylor
Composition & Sound Design
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Don Rieder
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Emma Tibaldo
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Mary Vingoe, a white woman with dark grey and brown hair, is smiling centre frame. She is backlit and wearing a colourful scarf.
Mary Vingoe
Director & Playwright
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Sarah Wakely
Assistant Stage Manager
Vicky Williams
Lighting Design


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