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Backyard Theatre: McCrae in the Mirror

July 30, 2022 @ 2:00 pm

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The ruins of the medieval Cloth Hall in Ypres in September 1917, shot by Frank Hurley, Australia’s official war photographer
Image: The ruins of the medieval Cloth Hall in Ypres, September 1917, by Frank Hurley

Thursday through Saturday, July 21 – 23| 7 PM
Thursday through Saturday, July 28 – 30 | 7 PM
Saturday matinee, July 23 and 30| 2 PM

McCrae in the Mirror is a dramatic flight of fancy inspired by the life, work and renowned storytelling panache of Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. Playwright Mike Ford animates well and lesser-known aspects of Guelph’s most famous son in a provocative voyage through the mists of the past.

Written and performed by Mike Ford.

McCrae House is the birthplace of Lt. Col. John McCrae, the doctor, soldier, and poet who wrote In Flanders Fields. This show provides an opportunity to connect with the legacy of John McCrae in a contemporary and compelling way, set against the backdrop of the historic and beautiful limestone cottage in which he was born.

Running Time: 75 minutes (no intermission)

About Mike Ford:

MIKE FORD is a franco-Ontarian singer-songwriter, playwright, and educator.  Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal-awarded and Juno-nominated for his bilingual Canadian history Troubadour concerts and repertoire, Mike co-created the musical Chelsea Sunrise (Theatre Sheridan), recorded an album of original Great Lakes songs with David Francey, toured with The Arrogant Worms, sold over a quarter million albums with Moxy Früvous, and once crashed through a stained-glass window at a Buffalo record store.

McCrae in the Mirror is Mike’s third original work of theatre to be presented internationally by Guelph Museums, after Sons of ’17 (originally created for The Governor General’s History Awards) and John Galt & The Instant City (commissioned, as was ‘McCrae…’ by Guelph Museums).  Mike is now in his 20th year with Prologue Performing Arts, who present his in-school and online concerts throughout Ontario. He wishes he could play flamenco guitar.

This McCrae 150 initiative is generously supported by Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and the Musagetes Fund, Guelph Community Foundation.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite or 519-836-1221. Capacity is limited, advanced booking is required. 

PLEASE NOTE: This show is performed outside, in the backyard of McCrae House. Please dress according to weather conditions. We recommend casual clothing and comfortable shoes.

Cash bar.

If you have any further questions, please contact [email protected] or 519-836-1221.


July 30, 2022
2:00 pm
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Guelph Museums


McCrae House
108 Water Street
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1A6 Canada
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