Summer walking plays in Perth until Aug. 27

Guy in tophat taking the hand of woman.
Photo credit: Matthew Behrens.
Posted on: July 26, 2017


Every summer the Classic Theatre Festival in Perth hosts a series of family-friendly, hour-long historic theatrical walking plays that bring to life the characters and stories of Perth’s history.

On Thursday and Friday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting on July 29 until Aug. 25, the The Lonely Ghosts Walk opens with a new show — the Beat Goes On. This is a story of two battling female store owners from 1867 who come back to haunt two young men on both ends of the counter-cultural divide during the summer of Expo67.

The morning walking play, A Nation Lost and Found, held Wednesdays to Sundays at 11 a.m. until Aug. 27, visits Perth residents as they go about their daily lives at the time of Confederation. What are they thinking and talking about with respect to the birth of a new country, the forced dispossession of Indigenous peoples’ traditional territories, the dynamics of the 1837 rebellion and the debates over the Fenian Raids? How do they handle the always tender terrain of courtship, love, and marriage?

The comic, musical romp explores the terrain of friendship and reconciliation during challenging times. Both plays are written by Laurel Smith, directed by Joanna McAuley Treffers, and feature Keegan Carr, Emma Houlahan, Brooks Knapton, Garrett Pipher and Connor Williamson. Tickets are available at or 1-877-283-1283.