Pearl Gidley


Gary Kirkham

About the book

The elderly Gidley sisters lead unassuming and unexciting lives in Blyth, Ontario in 1971. Tart-tongued Pearl and the more romantically-minded Edith live frugally, renting a room to the occasional boarder to help make ends meet. But the sisters’ orderly life is turned upside-down when their neighbour George asks them to take in Charles, a young American Vietnam veteran.

The characters in this beautifully-written, bittersweet comedy gently draw out one another’s stories…and along the way must come to terms with loyalty and betrayal, long-ago heartbreak, the consequences of sacrifice, and the power of music.

Pearl Gidley is a modest play. But it is modest in the way Carol Shields’ novels are modest, Alice Munro’s and Ernest Hemingway’s short stories are modest or Anton Chekhov’s plays are modest.”—The Waterloo Record

“The audience gave this play a standing ovation, and for good reason…the play touches the heart.”—The Globe and Mail

About the author

Gary Kirkham is an actor and playwright based in Cambridge, Ontario. He was one of the original members of Motus O Dance Theatre, and currently works with Lost & Found Theatre. For several years he improvised sketches with comedy troupes including Mental Floss and Second City. Kirkham’s plays include Falling: A Wake, Queen Milli of Galt (Winner of the Samuel French Canadian Playwriting Competition) and the one act plays Look and Beth at Fifty. He was Playwright-in-Residence at the Blyth Festival in 2008.

DRA013000 Drama/Canadian
96pp 5.5 x 8.5 in