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Stronger, Freer

June 15, 17, 18 at Nineteen on the Park, in Stouffville, ON, Canada

Stronger, Freer is a dramatic stage play that paints a portrait of a
Canadian family through 150 years.

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Stronger, Freer: the Story

Stronger, Freer tells the story of a struggling Canadian family over the course of 150 years from Confederation through to present day.

act 1: confederation

The Robertsons arrive in Canada at the birth of our nation. Settling in PEI, from Scotland, they've pinned their hopes on the booming wooden ship industry as a way to fund Jonathan's return to school. And suddenly those jobs disappear. Disrupted by the steel ships.

act 2: 1917

Half a century later we catch up with them in Truro, Nova Scotia, and WW1 is the stage where Canada defines itself as its own nation, strong and free. But the war has far-reaching effects—the Robertsons, and Halifax, will never be the same.

act 3: 1967

1967. Toronto. Leafs win the cup. Happy times. A way to prosperity. But Trudeau's new criminal code bill pits family members against each other. An all-out father daughter war.

act 4: present day

Financially stronger than ever, in 2017, a new threat emerges that money alone can't heal.



OK, so we're doing this.

As a husband and wife team, working for the same banking software company, in the same department (long story), we helped bring in thousands of sales leads, and created some awesome events to boot.

But then theatre happened.

As members of the Stouffville Theatre board we were looking for a play to perform around the Canadian sesquicentennial celebration, but we came up empty-handed. Then we looked around for Canada 150 projects that inspired us, but nothing did.

So we created Stronger, Freer. A celebration of Canada. That's our story. Couldn't help it.

#Canada150 #CrazyPassionateCanadians #Stouffville #Sesquicentennial #StrongerFreer

Our awesome supporters.

Stronger, Freer has had such great support from so many people. Thank you everyone. SIT employees, first of all, gave us a grand farewell, and a fist-full of cash to boot. The Mayor of Stouffville, Justin Altmann, provided us with some great ideas for upcoming performances. Sching Ng, from Muun Design graphics came up with our beautiful non-symetrical peacock-feather-like logo. Love you Sching! And then there's Marion Abbott, from The Confidential Musical Theatre Project, based in Toronto (with ever-expanding franchises). Marion, you are such a great inspiration. You could teach all those technology companies a thing or two about disruption! Thank you. And Stouffville Theatre Company has been fantastically supportive, encouraging us to take this vision to the next level.

Stronger Freer is a passion project by Patrick and Marianne Lannigan.

Marianne Lannigan, our Artistic Director, can be reached at or 647-457-4828

Patrick Lannigan can be reached at or 647-202-2353