Coalmines, Council Houses & Corsets: The Life & Times of a Scottish Granny
Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 7:30 pm
National Arts Centre: Back Stage – click here for tickets
“The best storyteller I’ve ever known was my mother’s mother, my Granny Jamieson. And when she died in 1994, I decided to honour her legacy by sharing her stories with others. I am thrilled that Ottawa StoryTellers has asked me to perform this show, allowing me to share ‘Granny’ with a whole new audience.”
Join Norma for a stroll down memory lane to the small coal-mining town of Cambusnethan in the lowlands of Scotland and discover how Helen Jamieson, born in 1900 into poverty, managed to carve out a life full of love, laughter and adventure. With one foot firmly planted in Cambusnethan as the wife of a coalminer and the other in the land of wonderment, she created a world full of joy and fascination. Join Norma and visit Granny Jamieson’s council house and mining community, travel with her on a romantic adventure to Rio de Janeiro, learn a thing or two about corsets, visit Buckingham Palace and discover Granny’s role in helping the Queen Mum become the most loved member of the Royal Family.
This show saw its debut in Prince Edward Island and most recently, in 2016, played to a sold-out crowd on Vancouver Island.
Born just outside Glasgow, Norma has been a writer and storyteller for as long as she can remember. She has performed across Canada, the USA, England, Scotland and Ireland. She served as President of the Storytellers of Canada, and teaches storytelling to individuals and organizations through her business, The Narrative Company.