Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation
Performance-readings of D'ARCY by award-winning playwright and performer Sandra Dempsey now booking!
D'ARCY is the passionate dramatization of the life and times of Thomas D'arcy McGee, Irish poet, rebel, and Father of Confederation. While John A. Macdonald is regarded as the architect of Confederation, D'arcy McGee is considered the very soul of Canada. In 1868, less than one year after the founding of the country, the Right Honourable T. D. McGee was assassinated in Ottawa by Irish-American Fenians.
With her incredible acting and vocal abilities, Sandra's reading is a literal performance of D'ARCY before her audience. She will transport you back to the 1800s for the inspirational yet tragic story of the great Irish-Canadian statesman, creating a most entertaining theatrical event unlike anything you've ever experienced.
D'ARCY has been produced in Canada and Ireland, and Sandra has presented her patented performance-readings at theatres, libraries, book stores, schools, universities, colleges, book clubs, societies, governments, and on live radio throughout Canada (CBC), the USA and Ireland.
D'ARCY will amaze your audience!
To book D'arcy:
Fee: $350-$500. Significant funding subsidies are available through the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Canada Council.
"Sandra was magnificent in the 'trousers role,' drunk or sober, old or young, idealist or rogue. And she displayed an amazing, gorgeous Irish whiskey-baritone singing voice!" Geralyn Horton, Galway
"Stunning and remarkable.
A real tour de force!"
Rosemary O'BrienParliament Hill, Ottawa
"Sandra reaches a level of emotional excitement that effectively takes the words off the page and into the hearts of her audience." Brian Brennan, Calgary
"A marvelous, smashing piece."
"Very lively history.
Chilling, still relevant to modern day."
The Globe & Mail
"D'arcy is as strong and important a play
as many of the old masters."
"Humerous, emotional and passionate.
Sandra left the audience with
lumps in their throats."
Joan Cumming, Province House, Charlottetown