The Play

Marion Bridge was nominated for a Governor General’s Award.

When three daughters go home to Cape Breton, they must confront not only their dying mother, but also the lives they have come to lead. Each in their own way attempts to sort out the emptiness and loneliness that has come to rule her day-to-day life.  The ideas of what they wanted to be and what their mother wanted them to be is all the more torturous as the daughters begin to finally understand what they are and why they are that way.  Marion Bridge is the humorous and touching story by Daniel MacIvor that demonstrates the absolute power of realization and how it heals as much as it harms.

Marion Bridge Location and Namesake

Marion Bridge (Drochaid Mhira) is a small, attractive riverside community in Cape Breton named for the eponymous bridge that crosses the Mira River, one of Nova Scotia’s longest and widest rivers.  The current concrete highway bridge was constructed in 1982 as a replacement for an older bridge, which collapsed after an accident involving a snowplow.

Marion Bridge was made famous through a popular Canadian folk song, Song for the Mira, written by Allister MacGillivray, which contained the refrain:

Can you imagine a piece of the universe,
More fit for princes and kings?
I’ll trade you ten of your cities for Marion Bridge,
And the pleasure it brings.

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