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Troy Ginter’s Great Kettle for the People is an ode to small-town Nova Scotia

The first-time playwright brings the tale of the greatest cuppa ever to Fringe.

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Cathy Jones brings star power to Troy Ginter’s debut play. - STOO METZ
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  • Cathy Jones brings star power to Troy Ginter’s debut play.

Great Kettle for the People
Sat, Sep 7, 6:35pm
The Old Company House Theatre, 2202 Gottingen Street



Meet Troy Ginter.

He was born in Halifax and grew up in Cape Breton, but he's lived all over: he taught English in Busan and fixed airplanes in Sault Ste. Marie. He's married and has a three-year-old daughter. And he's written a play—his very first. 

"I tried to do a more technical career for a few years, but I found that the artist inside me was dying," says Ginter. "I'm an all-in sort of person, so maybe dying isn't the correct word, maybe more like it was frozen."

Last year's Fringe successfully thawed it out. 

"I caught as many Fringe shows as possible last year," says Ginter. "I went when I was tired, when I didn't want to. I even got to some shows more than once. By the end of the Fringe, I had a few ideas in mind for a play of my own, and the months that followed were spent going to every other play I could." 

When he got to writing, he wrote an ode to small-town Nova Scotia and small-town Nova Scotia's favourite drink. 

"Great Kettle for the People could be about any small coastal village in Nova Scotia," says Ginter. "It just so happens that in this particular one the greatest cups of tea are actually made." 

"Mel, a kind old lady, passes away and leaves the special tea kettle to her grandson Frank," continues Ginter. "The rest of the village, including Mel's closest friends, descend on the kettle."

And if a much-sought-after (maybe magical?) kettle isn't enough of a hook, how about a television celebrity?

Canadian comedy great Cathy Jones is playing the lead role. 

"I knew a nice guy who knew a nice guy who got me in contact," Ginter explains. "The woman can make me laugh."

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