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Johnny Belinda

Johnny Belinda
Written by Elmer Harris
Directed by Harry Randall
4 – 9 June 1979

The year is 1900. The setting, a lonely island northwest of Nova Scotia, Canada, where a hard-bitten race of farmers divide their time between fishing and tilling the stubborn soil. In the middle of this isolated environment lives the even more isolated Belinda, a young deaf girl, whom the backward villagers shun. Having never been taught to communicate, Belinda nonetheless demonstrates sensitivity and intelligence, both of which come to the attention of the village’s new doctor who then decides to teach the girl sign language. While Belinda blossoms under his care, and a love relationship begins between them, she still falls prey to a local boy. The result is a child, Johnny Belinda, and it is in defence of her son that Belinda kills the boy’s father. The resulting trial pits the entire village against the girl who only has the truth, and the doctor’s love, on her side.


Jimmy Dingwell – Barry Hullett
Dr Jack Davidson – Roger Butler
Belinda McDonald – Jean Poole
Black McDonald – Mike Rand
Locky McCormick – John Lockwood
Stella Maguire – Bee Wing
Maggie McDonald – Betty Willard
Mrs McKee – Jenny Gilson
Mrs Lutz – Kathy Clark
Villagers – Janet Bradford, Michael Rayner
The Reverend Tidmarsh – Tony Stebbing


Stage Managers – John Brace and John Foord-Divers
Assistant Stage Manager – Pauline Fielder
Properties – Sheila Fryatt and Judith Brace
Lighting – C D’Oyly-Watkins
Sound – Andy Howe
Costumes – Joan Robarts
Set Design – John Brace and John Foord-Divers