Bandits in the Valley

 Free Weekend Performances
Saturdays and Sundays only
September, 2017
Todmorden Mills

Bandits in the Valley is a new multimedia opera work based on the local history of the Don Valley as a haven for smugglers and bandits during the period of 1850’s when the Brooks Bush gang controlled much of the traffic in the area. The last public hanging in Toronto was a member of the gang, hung outside the (still standing) Adelaide Court House in 1859. The work will be presented as a free community art activation, through a series of vignettes, along the Don Valley trail system near the historic events depicted as well as inside the historic buildings on the site.

Leader of a local small-potatoes bandit group is looking to steal a mysterious object from a wealthy person’s house in the Don Valley. Having solicited the help of a group of local players to distract the wealthy owner, the bandit is able to seduce the maid and steal the object, in a free outdoor production. The audience themselves will also become part of the action.

Composer: Benton Roark
Librettist: Julie Tepperman
Director: Michael Mori

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