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Apr 5 - Apr 14, 2024
Firehall Theatre
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Apr 5 - Apr 14, 2024
Firehall Theatre
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Void? What Void?

Diary of an Empty Nester
by Heather Jopling

Directed By
DAVID HOARE
HEATHER JOPLING

Co-Produced By
NORTHUMBERLAND PLAYERS
BIG RED PRODUCTIONS

Finding yourself; losing your mind. Void? What Void? (Diary of an Empty Nester) is Heather Jopling’s fifth autobiographical one-woman show.

When her daughter moves out, stay-at-home-mom Heather embarks on an adventure of self-discovery. Rekindling old passions and test-driving questionable hobbies, will Heather find her own identity beyond motherhood?

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Important Show Info

Content Disclosure
95% comedy - 5% drama
Adult themes and language
This play mentions cancer, mortality and...
memory loss.

Fri, Apr 5, 7:30pm
Sat, Apr 6, 7:30pm
Sun, Apr 7, 2:00pm

Fri, Apr 12, 7:30pm
Sat, Apr 13, 7:30pm
Sun, Apr 14, 2:00pm

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Reviews

Originally published in Northumberland News, April 9, 2024

Heather Jopling takes us on a journey of self-discovery in her deeply personal one-woman show.

Who are we outside of our typical labels and roles: parent, spouse, employee?

Heather Jopling takes us on a journey of self-discovery in her deeply personal one-woman show playing at the Firehall Theatre in Cobourg.

Presented by The Northumberland Players and Big Red Productions and produced by Jack Boyagian, “Void? What Void? Diary of an Empty Nester” is a charming and heartfelt existential crisis. The show is co-directed by David Hoare and written and performed by Jopling.

Jopling, a self-proclaimed over-sharer, tells the story of becoming an empty nester after her daughter, Rissa, leaves for university. As Jopling says in her director’s notes, “Adjusting to this evolution has been challenging, but also very rewarding. It led me to this show.”

As someone who has had the pleasure of watching a number of Northumberland Players productions over the years, Jopling has been one of those actors who always captures my attention on stage. Living in a small community, it’s fun to recognize her out in public as a local actor.

In this show, we get a glimpse behind the curtain on Jopling’s life. Deeply personal and extremely funny, we watch her navigate who she is now that her baby bird has flown the nest, one hobby at a time.

She reflects on the aging process with both honesty and humour. From body image and “torso squatters” to the goals and dreams she had for herself outside her role as mother and wife, Jopling bares it all.

I admire her for writing and sharing her process during this passage in time. Her words about self-identity and personal accomplishments brought me comfort and perspective with thoughts I’m struggling with in my own life.

I knew it was going to be hard to be an objective reviewer when my eyes filled with tears as she hit some big topics, but that happens when you put it all out there. You end up touching a complete stranger.

The use of voiceovers and graphic design (Lauren Page Russell) really enrich the storytelling, especially when we all get a quick and dirty Danish lesson. The interchangeable set was really well done and thoughtfully executed, taking use from an airplane to Heather’s kitchen to rock climbing and beyond.

Don’t miss the chance to see this show. It’s original and another great example of the wonderful talent we have within this community. “Void? What Void?” plays at the Firehall Theatre in Cobourg until April 14.

Kristin Andrews, Northumberland News

Firehall Theatre

Location

The Firehall Theatre is located behind Victoria Hall in downtown Cobourg. Seating is general admission.

Address

213 Second St.
Cobourg, ON
K9A 2M2

Getting Here

Parking is available across Second St. in public lots – please note that this parking is only valid for two hours.

Street parking is available around the theatre.

Cobourg Transit stops less than a block away: Route 1 at :10 and :45, and Route 2 at :15 and :42. For more information, see cobourg.ca.