The Faerie Play

Mortal Coil is proud to announce its next site specific production, The Faerie Play.  Produced in partnership with the City of Richmond and the Sharing Farm in Terra Nova Park, The Faerie Play is a show for families that follows the adventures of a group of children, one of whom has been stolen by the resident fairies on the Farm.  Designed to introduce urban families to all farm occupants, The Faerie Play uses music, puppets, children and farmers interacting with each other and the audience in order to find the missing child and to explore the many sites that exist on a working farm.

While searching for the lost girl, the audience is lead through the farm learning the secrets of the land meeting raptors, voles, daisies and potatoes that live on the Sharing Farm through Frank Rader and Iona Paul and Joseph Paul's wonderful puppets as they solve the mystery at the sunflower circle. The play takes place when farm work is actually being done giving the audience an opportunity to interact with the farmers enhancing the understanding of nature and the importance of growing food.

The Faerie Play reunites the artistic team that brought you the wildly successful Salmon Row.  As with Salmon Row, this production is inspired by another one of Richmond's evocative and beautiful locations, the Sharing Farm in Terra Nova Park.

This production brings together again the team who brought you the hit Salmon Row. Peter Hall is Directing, Frank Rader is puppet master and maker, members of Tsatsu Stalqayu Coastal Wolfpack will be both performing in the play and also designing puppets and Barbara Clayden is again designing costumes for the production. Utilizing puppets, stilts, music and actors, this play takes the audience through the site to share the secrets of the land and its residents. As with Salmon Row, also included in the production are members of the Richmond Gateway Academy and children from the Richmond area.

The play takes place when farm work is actually being done giving the audience an opportunity to interact with the farmers enhancing the understanding of nature and the importance of growing food.  After the show the audience is invited to join the performers and farmers to share tea in the garden, giving everyone a chance to share their experiences. There will also be light snacks available from the cob oven, in between the performances.

The Sharing Farm is a local not for profit organic farm whose mandate is to have volunteers growing and harvesting fruits and vegetables for families in need.  It initiated a partnership with Mortal Coil in March of 2014 to develop a site specific piece of theatre in order to spread the message of farms and their importance to the modern world.  For more information on the Sharing Farm, please go to

Directions to the Sharing Farm:  Drive west along Westminster Highway past No 1 Road. Following the signs to Terra Nova Rural Park, take the second right onto Barnard Drive, then the second left to get back onto Westminster Highway. Just before 2771 Westminster Highway there is a parking lot on the south side of the road. Please park there and then proceed to The Sharing Farm entrance. Signs will help you find the right location.

The Faerie Play 

The Faerie Play runs from August 5 to August 15, 2015.  RAIN OR SHINE
August 5 and 7: 6.30 pm
August: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15 Two Shows @ 3:30pm Matinee & 6:30pm
The show runs approximately 70 minutes.

Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets 

This production is suitable for children 5 and up.

Ticket Prices: Adults $15, Seniors/Students $12, Children under 6 – Free. For at door ticket sales on site, cash only, please.

Address: The Sharing Farm, 2771 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC


Please note:  This is a site specific production where the audience walks through the site to watch the show. In order to be as comfortable as possible, please wear walking shoes (preferably close toed).  If you are coming to the 6.30 performance, we advise that you bring a light jacket, as it may become cool in the evening.  Also please note that there are bees and mosquitoes on site, so we ask that you be prepared and inform us if you have any allergies.


Artistic Team:

Written by:  Lois Anderson and Cathy Stubbington with Peter Hall

Lead Artist:  Peter Hall
Puppet Design:  Frank Radar
Wood Lot Puppet Design and Production:  Joseph Paul, Iona Paul, Amanda Kenoras
Costume Design:  Barbara Clayden and Stephanie Kong
Site Design (and Props):  Sharon Zimmerman
Composer:  Tobin Stokes

Sharon Bayly
Liza Fitsner
Karsten Lee
Dani Ferguson
Joseph Paul
Mackenzie Paul
Perseis Paul
Sarah Roa
Sean Sonier
Annabella Semple
Alexandra Weber

The Faerie Play was first produced at The Curly Willow Farm in Enderby, BC by Runaway Moon Theatre. The creators of that production were: Lois Anderson, Melody Anderson, Susan Bertoia, Peter Hall, Anouska Kirby, Elena Kirby, Dana Kneeland, Molly March, Doug Saba, Leif Saba, Nell Saba and Cathy Stubbington.

Photos by TIm Matheson

Faerie Play