Tuesday, July 11, 2017

'It doesn't matter what your skin colour is': Bahamian stars as Father of Confederation - CBC

by Sara Fraser,
Originally published: July 10, 2017
Publisher: CBC.ca

The Confederation Players may represent Canada's founding fathers back in 1864, but this summer the Confederation Centre's roving troupe of actors also made the leap into the 21st century by hiring their first black Father of Confederation. 

Luke Junior Ignace plays John Hamilton Gray, the pro-Confederation premier of P.E.I. in 1864 — who was white. Ignace is from Bahamas and is studying business at Holland College. 

"It's kind of cool," Ignace said of being the first black Confederation Player. "We're getting to a place in theatre now, where the world is becoming so much more diverse and so many doors are opening for so many different types of people, ways of life, those barriers just don't exist any more."