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The Tom and Gertie Letters Project



Donna Penrose, Julia Nish-Lapidus, Haley McGee, Kate McArthur

In 1916 Tom and Gertie were teenagers. He was a newly enlisted soldier in the Huron Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and she was his friend. They corresponded while he was away fighting in the Great War. Through a series of chance events, Tom's long lost letters were discovered and returned to his granddaughter, Donna. Rife with humour, tenderness and poignancy, his letters reveal the stories of their lives and their new love amidst the horrors and banality of war. These stories are brought to life in The Tom and Gertie Letter Project, an hour-long staged reading with two actors.


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