Sunshine Express makes Playhouse stop

Sunshine Express - Photo by Sam Tweedle

Sunshine Express – Photo by Sam Tweedle

The quirky Canadian comedy, Sunshine Express, is making a stop in Bancroft, at the Village Playhouse, for one night only on Wednesday, June 6 and for anyone who has experienced the wild adventure of a seniors’ coach trip – this is a show you will want to see.

Sunshine Express is a fast-paced comedy from popular Canadian playwright, Sarah Quick, that invites all snowbirds to join the comedic adventure of a coach tour that sees dreams realized and lives unfurled.

The show boasts a multitude of characters – all hoping to pack-up their parkas and top-up their tans; but this vacation delivers more than they could ever imagine.

A huge hit for Globus Theatre in Bobcaygeon when it opened, the re-launched show is a co-production with Theatre Collingwood for their 2018 season. The production starts its tour at the Village Playhouse in Bancroft, before moving to play three dates at the LAB in Bobcaygeon and then a three-week run in Collingwood at the historic Gayety Theatre.

Returning to the stage in Sunshine Express is James Barrett, Globus Theatre’s artistic producer, who has also appeared in numerous Globus productions over the past eleven years. His television credits include Missing Treasures, Top Cops, Codename Eternity, Amazon,‘D.C.’, Twice in a Lifetime, and The Eleventh Hour. Film credits include Welcome To Mooseport and Knockaround Guys.

Anna Black, another Globus regular, returns along with playwright, Sarah Quick. Quick is also is Globus Theatre’s artistic director and has appeared in numerous Globus productions. Over the past eleven years she has written and starred in Having Relations, Sunshine Express, The Men Commandments and Knickers!: A Brief Comedy, which was produced at both the Lighthouse Festival Theatre and the Showboat Festival Theatre in 2013.

Also joining the cast, from Dublin, Ireland, is Mark Whelan. His other Globus credits include: Raising the Barn, Stones in his Pockets, The Long Weekend, Sunshine Express and Till it Hurts. On leave from his steady job as “the Sleeman guy in the beer commercials,” Whelan is delighted to be back for this production. Whelan’s recent TV and film credits include: Republic of Doyle, The Listener, Being Erica, Murdoch Mysteries, Breakout Kings, The Divide and Pompeii among many others.

Heather Brough is the coordinator of Hospice North Hastings. Hospice North Hastings operates the Village Playhouse in Bancroft and she says this show is a great way to launch the Playhouse’s summer season – which is full of live theatre events.

“We’re really putting the emphasis on live theatre this season,” Brough says. “Our shows are going to hit a chord with local folks and visitors who are ready to enjoy local and Canadian stories we can all relate to.”

Sunshine Express comes to the Village Playhouse for one night on June 6. Doors open at 6, the show starts at 7pm and tickets are $25. Tickets are available now at Posie’s, Harvest Moon, Vintage on Hastings, at Hospice House and online at

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