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Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.

Fayne: One on One

with Ann-Marie MacDonald
Hosted by Rhonda Douglas

Fayne: One on One

with Ann-Marie MacDonald
Hosted by Rhonda Douglas
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
Ann-Marie MacDonald - Photo by Lora MacDonald-Palmer

Award-winning novelist, playwright, actor, and broadcast host, Ann-Marie MacDonald returns with a tale of science, magyk, love and identity.


This event will be held in the Sanctuary and we are pleased to offer Audio Assist technology via the free Audio Everywhere App to ensure an optimal experience. Here's a short video explaining how to use it.


In the late nineteenth century, Charlotte Bell is growing up at Fayne, a vast and lonely estate straddling the border between England and Scotland, where she has been kept from the world by her adoring father, Lord Henry Bell, owing to a mysterious condition. Charlotte, strong and insatiably curious, revels in the moorlands, and has learned the treacherous and healing ways of the bog from the old hired man, Byrn, whose own origins are shrouded in mystery. 


Her idyllic existence is shadowed by the magnificent portrait on the landing in Fayne House which depicts her mother, a beautiful Irish-American heiress, holding Charlotte’s brother, Charles Bell. Charlotte has grown up with the knowledge that her mother died in giving birth to her, and that her older brother, Charles, the long-awaited heir, died soon afterwards at the age of two. When Charlotte’s appetite for learning threatens to exceed the bounds of the estate, her father breaks with tradition and hires a tutor to teach his daughter “as you would my son, had I one.” 


But when Charlotte and her tutor’s explorations of the bog turn up an unexpected artefact, her father announces he has arranged for her to be cured of her condition, and her world is upended. Charlotte’s passion for knowledge and adventure will take her to the bottom of family secrets and to the heart of her own identity. 


PLEASE NOTE: For the safety and comfort of all patrons, masks are required to attend in person.  


Most people coming by car park for free at the Supreme Court of Canada on Wellington St.


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