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Tempting Providence – A Live Play presented by The Mercury Players

February 3, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


The Mercury Players Celebrates A Canadian Heroine

Duncan’s Mercury Players are presenting Robert Chafe’s internationally acclaimed play Tempting Providence . It’s the true story of an extraordinary woman, nurse Myra Bennett, “the Florence Nightingale of Newfoundland.” She arrived from England, in 1921, to bring her desperately needed medical and midwifery skills to 320 kilometers of isolated coastal communities.
This magically inventive comedy-drama will transport you back to a time when people struggled, even harder than today, to survive. The nearest hospital was days away and forceful weather, disease, work accidents, malnutrition, and childbirth could claim your life quickly. You will meet the hard working people of Daniel’s Harbour, an outport with a vast roadless community, whom Nurse Bennett must serve. She travels by foot, boat or dogsled, depending on the season. Some of her patients are stubbornly superstitious, while others are willing to learn from “the Nurse.” From those in robust good health to those in dreadful pain, all possess the grit, courage and humanity to sustain themselves and their neighbours through extremely hard times.
Tempting Providence explores Bennett’s steely British resolve but also humour and compassion for all those Newfoundlanders she comes to know and care for. At the core of the play is the love story between her and her pragmatic husband, Angus. Tempting Providence is a powerful, exhilarating play that offers suspense and adventure, as well as touching and endearing moments. It’s a chance to know one of our bravest, most socially committed Canadians and to renew your faith in communities helping each other.

Tempting Providence runs Feb. 2, 3, 10 and 12 at 7:30 pm with Saturday and Sunday Matinees Feb.4, 5, 11 and 12 at 2:30 pm. at The Duncan United Church Hall at 246 Ingram Street.

Tickets are $22 for general admission and $17 for students/seniors and are available online at , in person from Ten Old Books (near the Duncan Garage cafe) and at the door.


February 3, 2023
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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246 Ingram Street
Duncan, BC V9L 1P4 Canada
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