It's Just An In­ci­dent

The Victoria Standard - - Arts -

Young Ladies of Bad­deck Club is not the only show on of­fer by Theatre Bad­deck this Septem­ber. The cast of Young Ladies will also bring to light a lit­tle-known play called ‘Just an In­ci­dent’ that Ma­bel Bell wrote and per­formed with the Young Ladies of Bad­deck Club in 1913.

The short play tells of the true story of a tele­graph op­er­a­tor that falls ill in Cape North dur­ing a winter storm. At the time, the ca­ble sta­tion, with just two op­er­a­tors, was a pri­mary chan­nel through which mes­sages were sent be­tween North Amer­ica and Europe. If the tele­graph stopped in Cape North, the news of the world fell silent.

Va­lerie Ma­son, Vis­i­tor Ex­pe­ri­ence Man­ager for AGBNHS and a mem­ber of the Bell Club, says the Club has al­ways had a tra­di­tion of per­form­ing short plays, the last hav­ing been put on ap­prox­i­mately fif­teen years ago.

For Ma­son, the re­vival of the his­tor­i­cal act cel­e­brates the spirit of the club, then and now.

“It pays trib­ute to what Ma­bel and the other women of this Club did a hun­dred and some years ago broad­en­ing one’s hori­zons and bring­ing in­for­ma­tion to light. The idea of women join­ing to­gether, pool­ing their tal­ents and re­sources for the ben­e­fit of each other, and to en­ter­tain each other was un­prece­dented for Canada. I don’t want to make it sound too se­ri­ous as they had a lot of laughs as well. We still do.”

Four free per­for­mances of the 20-minute play will run in the Alexan­der Graham Bell Presentation Hall of the AGBNHS on Septem­ber 14,15,20 and 21 at 2:00pm.

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