For 25 years, a small outdoor theatre company in Millbrook, Ont., has been presenting plays about the region’s history. The summer 2016 season for 4th Line Theatre kicked off with The Hero of Hunter Street which tells the story of a fatal explosion and fire at the Quaker Oats factory in Peterborough a century ago. Company founder Robert Winslow, on whose family farm the shows are staged, and actress Monica Dottor explain what the productions mean to them and to the community. “The artists are really interested in investigating the history and realizing that when they're performing a play, people connected to the story are sitting in the audience," says Winslow. "For example, in this play, there'd be descendants of people killed in this fire in 1916 attending, so they feel a real connection."
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