Severn Thompson and Donna Govier on Wing Night at the Boot34m | Apr 19, 2022
In the final episode of the series, Postcards from Huron County podcast host Mandy Sinclair chats with Severn Thompson, one of the playwrights behind Wing Night at the Boot that performed at the Blyth Festival in 2018. Donna Govier, a regular at the Boot back in the day, joined by telephone, as she inspired the character Connie in the Wing Night at the Boot.
Donna shares some hilarious memories of bygone days of her nights at the famed “Boot” in Blyth, formally known as The Blyth Inn. She tells tales of the streaker who passed through the bar one evening, and even having to turn in her knife at the bar when heading into the bar for a drink after working in the rutabaga plant nearby.
Severn recalls the process for bringing these memories, including the streaker, to stage on the Blyth Festival and the audience reaction to the play.
Favourite quote of the episode: “The first streaker that went through was a local lad. His girlfriend happened to be sitting with us and she didn’t know anything about it. And then he came through the front door with a mask on and work boots and nothing else. She was so angry she took her diamond off and threw it across the room.”
In the episode, Severn references Tuesday as Wing Night at the Boot. At the time of recording, Thursdays were Wing Night at the Boot.
Wing Night at the Boot at Blyth Festival: https://blythfestival.com/wing-night-at-the-boot-august-8-september-15-2018/
Playwright Severn Thompson: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0962620/
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