Trad, which tells the story of an ancient father-and-son journey to find the son’s offspring, launches Nov. 27 at Theatre Inconnu in Fernwood. Photo by Clayton Jevne

PREVIEW: Story of ancient father-son journey brought to Theatre Inconnu stage

Irish playwright Mark Doherty’s Trad looks at relationships, the value of tradition

Victoria has seen some interesting psychological explorations in live theatre of late, not to mention at least a couple of fantasy-related pieces.

It’s been a while since local theatre goers have had a chance to experience the likes of Trad, a somewhat historical comedy and the next offering from Theatre Inconnu. The Mark Doherty-penned Irish story features a 130-ish-year-old father (Da) and his 100-year-old son (Thomas) on a search for Thomas’ offspring, the product of a night of passion seven decades earlier.

The Wendy Merk-directed production, with Gloria Snider and Deirdre Tipping in the lead roles and David Conway in support, focuses on the relationship between the son and the cantankerous father. The tension in the story is created from the fact Da has long lamented the fact Thomas has not produced a child who would continue the family blood line.

Aware of his secret from many years ago, Thomas decides to undertake a search for his child, joined by his father. The obstacles and characters Da and Thomas encounter on their journey become symbols for life’s challenges, and this whimsical tale – while never taking itself too seriously – delivers a warm reflection on our need to belong.

Trad opens with a preview night Tuesday, Nov. 27 (8 p.m. curtain) and winds up with a pair of shows on Dec. 15. The 100-minute show includes one intermission.

Tickets are $14, or $10 for seniors (60-over), students or unwaged people. Preview tickets are $7 while Tuesday, Dec. 4 is pay what you wish. For tickets, visit ticketrocket.co or call Theatre Inconnu at 250-360-0234.

Theatre Inconnu is at 1923 Fernwood Rd. (across the street from the Belfry Theatre). For parking, it is suggested to use streets west of Fernwood Road. The theatre is wheelchair accessible.

Find more information at theatreinconnu.com.

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