HOMECHILD The Musical
HOMECHILD The Musical Presented by Orangeville Music Theatre
Start Time: Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 2:00 pm
End Time: Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 2:00 pm
HOMECHILD~The Musical, is a highly emotional, musical tribute to the British Homechildren and their descendants, who today make up 12% of the Canadian population. There are millions of descendants worldwide, and there will be many in the audience in January, as this show tells the story of their beloved ancestors. The granddaughter of a Homechild, Playwright/Composer, Barb Perkins from Erin, travelled to Wales to research the story of the CHILD EMIGRATION MOVEMENT. This chapter of Canadian history has been quietly ignored in British and Canadian history texts until recently. Between 1860 and the 1930’s a number of schemes were devised to ease social and economic problems in Britain. Agencies sent hundreds of thousands of children to the colonies at this time in an attempt to populate the colonies with “good white British stock”, while at the same time providing them with a young workforce. The agencies that set up the Child Emigration Movement did so on the assumption that poor or orphaned children would have a better life in a new land, but often it was a life of unremitting hardship and abuse.
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