Interview with the Cast of Soulpepper’s ‘Farther West’


We sit down with Farther West cast members Jesse Aaron Dwyre, Christine Horne & Matthew MacFadzean to discuss their roles within the new Soulpepper production.

Farther West, a play by John Murrell, follows tenacious May Buchanan, an Ontario woman on a journey west within Victorian Canada. A prostitute, May is a lone wanderer, relying on her cunning attitude, wits and talents to get her through her journey. On her journey, she connects with like-minded women, creating new relationships on the basis of common ground. However, her journey doesn’t distance her from her past and who she is, attracting people she would rather not be with. This gripping and rough play really puts a spotlight on a complicated era, when rules didn’t exist and there were no real differences between needs and wants.

Kingston-born Jesse Aaron Dwyre graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada, diving into the world of stage and taking on roles from Shakespeare’s beloved characters to a variety of modern day characters. His acting goes beyond theatre, tackling various film and TV roles including Romeo & Juliet for Bravo! and 2008 film Adam’s Wall. He is also an avid musician, a talented drummer.

Christine Horne is best known for starring opposite Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn in the 2007 Canadian drama film The Stone Angel, adapted from a Canadian novel of the same name. Born in Aurora, Ontario, Horne received her BFA in Theatre from York University, now spending much of her time as co-director of The Thistle Project and co-founder of KICK Theatre. She will be seen in Atom Egoyan’s upcoming film, The Captive, scheduled for a 2014 release.

Best known for his performances as Burt Wilson in InSecurity, Matthew MacFadzean has performed on stages all across Canada, including the prestigious Stratford Shakespeare festival. He joined the National Theatre School of Canada after studying at McGill University, then diving into television writing at the CFC. He has been a part of numerous productions in both film and on stage, including the award winning CBC show Murdoch Mysteries and multi-Dora Award winning The Mill.

Farther West is on stage at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts until November 9th. For details and tickets, visit HERE.

Enjoy the interview!