It's Just An Incident
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.