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No Great Mischief has legs 

David S. Young’s stage adaptation of Alistair MacLeod’s beloved No Great Mischief takes you on wondferful trip

If you’re lucky enough to possess an imagination, David S. Young’s stage adaptation of Alistair MacLeod’s beloved No Great Mischief will take you on trip from the Highlands of Scotland to the depths of Kirkland Lake. For the price of a theatre ticket and in only two hours, you’ll visit the storm-swept Canso Causeway, the mean streets of Toronto and the picturesque coast of Cape Breton Island. Your guides on this journey are the proud but fallen Calum MacDonald (Duncan Fraser) and his more fortunate younger brother Alexander (David Mcllwraith). This sweeping saga of familial love and loss is sparsely staged, but the evocative music, terrific soundscape and spot-on acting bring the story to life. There are pictures to carry with you as you leave the theatre---the swish of a horse’s tail, the duelling songs of two at-odds cultures, a solitary lantern at the edge of a disastrous hole in the ice and a message to live by: All of us are better when we’re loved.

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