In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Belfry Theatre has cancelled the run of 1979 and the described performance. Ticket holders may contact the Box Office at 250-385-6815. In lieu of a refund, we ask patrons who can afford it to consider donating their tickets in support of our arts partner. Tax receipts are available, read more here. Stay well, everyone.
In June of 1979, Joe Clark was sworn in as Canada’s youngest Prime Minister. By Christmas, it looked as though it could be all over. 1979 is a comedy by Michael Healey (Proud, The Drawer Boy) that looks at Clark and the pressure he was under to save his government. Everyone – friends, foes, family – has an opinion about what Joe should do. Should he play the game and remain in power, or do what he thinks is right?
“Politics can be nasty; in Michael Healey’s hands, they can be very funny, too. Characters such as Pierre Trudeau, Brian Mulroney, Maureen McTeer, and even a very young Stephen Harper come tumbling through the revolving door of the Prime Minister’s Office. But what I really love is the tension between principles and politics in this play, making it incredibly apt for these times.” —Michael Shamata, Belfry Artistic Director