TOMPKINSVILLE

A stage play about becoming "Master of Your Own Destiny"

WHAT IF...
...someone told you you could have the life of which you've always dreamed? 
All you have to do is live dangerously and create furiously —together. 
Once upon a time, a group of miners did just that.

TOMPKINSVILLE
—a stage play by Lindsay Kyte

The true story of a Cape Breton mining town transformed from despondency to independence 
thanks to a rebel priest's belief we can all become 
"Masters of Our Own Destiny." 
Tompkinsville is the story of Father Jimmy Tompkins, Joe Laben 
and the credit union and co-operative movement.

AND...
Go Fly a Kyte Productions offers a second show 
with the same great cast!

BACK HOME
Short Plays and Songs 
about when "back home" 
means
you're "from away"
(featuring Charlie Blake's Boat by Graeme Gillis, 
among other plays)

—Check out our two wonderful shows on this website!—

TOMPKINSVILLE HAS BEEN NAMED ONE OF THE BEST PLAYS IN NOVA SCOTIA IN 2016!

Check it out here:

https://www.localxpress.ca/local-arts-and-life/nova-scotia-theatre-best-of-2016-496031


OUR 2016 REVIEWS ARE IN! CHECK THEM OUT HERE:

https://www.localxpress.ca/local-arts-and-life/tompkinsville-backs-the-little-man-in-a-musical-celebration-of-cape-breton-history-475622


http://www.iheartradio.ca/c100-fm/blogs/jc-s-theatre-spotlight-thompkinsville-1.2236575


"Eight years in the making, Tompkinsville is as unforgettable as Cape Breton classics Glace Bay Miner's Museum, No Great Mischief and Marion Bridge and is a great addition to Cape Breton literature."

- Elissa Barnard, Local Xpress


Tompkinsville was authentic, raw, comical and most importantly based on 

the true story of co-operative housing project in a Cape Breton mining town.  

The music, the accents the passion—I felt as if I was experiencing the struggles of these people. 

Outstanding performances by Lindsay Kyte, Ryan Rogerson and cast.”

—Robin Howarth, manager, Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts


“Tompkinsville is a remarkable feat, 

with plenty of heartbreaking, tender, and laugh-out-loud moments. 

More than anything, it offers a profound reminder of the power 

of community and the human spirit.”

—Andrew Rankin, Chronicle Herald


“Next was mine and my guest’s favorite play of the night, Charlie Blake’s Boat… 

The two actors, Lindsay Kyte and Jarrod MacLean, were knockouts as Helen and Charlie. 

They were firmly rooted in their individual characters as well 

as in their relationship to one another…

There was a lot of heart in this piece and the chemistry 

between the two actors was really beautiful to watch.”

—Tracey Beltrano, Mooney on Theatre

Watch a short demo of TOMPKINSVILLE here:

Our Tours

We're touring again in Nov/Dec 2016,

and we've got a new show to offer

in conjunction with Tompkinsville 

(same cast, two great shows) — 

Back Home.

The Stories

Tompkinsville is the true story of the 

first co-operative housing project 

in North America, Tompkinsville, 

as told through Joe Laben's quest 

to get a home for his family. 

Back Home is an evening of short plays and songs about when "back home"

means you're now "from away."

Lindsay Kyte

Playwright, producer, performer and Joe Laben's real-life great niece, Kyte's journey to bring Tompkinsville to the stage is the subject of documentaries, key notes and even involves Sir Paul McCartney!