About Perchance Theatre at Cupids
Led by Artistic Director, Danielle Irvine, Perchance Theatre at Cupids (formerly known as New World Theatre Project) produces and presents classical theatre each summer in Cupids, Newfoundland and Labrador.
A breathtaking community on Newfoundland’s east coast, Cupids was the first English colony in Canada, and turned 400 years old in 2010. Built as part of the Cupids 400 celebration, Perchance Theatre’s outdoor performance space was inspired by Shakespeare’s famous Globe Theatre in London, England.
Perchance Theatre features some of the province’s best stage actors and captures stories reminiscent of John Guy’s England, particularly what the settlers might have seen, heard or written about in 1610.
Now in its sixth season, Perchance Theatre has presented 12 productions to critical acclaim and has grown considerably. We provide established and emerging artists with an environment for ensemble creation and professional development, and create unique experiences for audiences, inspired by open-air Elizabethan playhouses.
Founded as New World Theatre Project in 2010 by Geoff Adams, Aiden Flynn and Brad Hodder as part of the Cupids 400 celebrations, the inaugural season of The New World Theatre Project focused on the cultural landscape of 1610. Marking the founding of the first English settlement in North America, the company approached these celebrations with an imagined narrative of John Guy and his 39 settlers, who brought with them not only their ambition and daring sense of adventure, but also their stories and songs. Some of these stories would have played out on the stages of theatres like The Globe, The Rose and The Curtain. These shared cultural experiences had a direct effect on those who first settled in Newfoundland and continue to have a significant impact on those who live here today.