Anyone who has access to a phone can participate! Actors will call individuals at an agreed upon date and time and deliver dramatic readings of monologue selections from 4th Line’s play archives.

  • Browse the monologues below and choose which one you would like to have delivered to you.

  • Phone our Box Office at 705-932-4445 or toll free at 800-814-0055 and let us know your selection as well as the date and time of your choosing.

  • Our actor will call at your booked time and all you have to do is enjoy the show!

Bring the magic of past 4th Line favorites into your home!

Attrition

 Written by Ryan Kerr

Monologue 1

Character name - Actor

A young man talks about how the great war changed the history of the world forever.

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Attrition is the story of a young woman struggling to understand her place within the world. She thinks she lives in a world of certainty, imperial power, and old world tradition, but with the onset of the Great War, all of her assumptions are called into question. Will she, like the young country of Canada, come to terms with her identity and her role in a world that is so much larger than herself? Attrition explores what it is to live in a world at war. 

Carmel

 Written by Ian McLachlan & Robert Winslow

Monologue 2

Character name - Ruth

 

10-year-old Ruth talks about the challenges of being a child stuck in an adult world.

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Carmel is the third in the Barnardo children series of plays (Doctor Barnardo’s Children, 2005, 2006 & 2014; Wounded Soldiers, 2014). Set on the Carmel Line in Cavan Township in 1937, the play follows the struggles of a family to hold on to the farm during the Great Depression. This bittersweet work also explores Peterborough labour history and features original music inspired by folk music traditions of the 1930s.

Crow Hill: The Telephone Play

 Written by Ian McLachlan & Robert Winslow

Monologue 3

Character name - Doc Logie

 

Doc Logie reflects on a childhood memory that sticks with him.

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When a local doctor opens the first telephone service in the area, fifteen-year-old Alice takes on the job of switchboard operator. This decision will direct the course of her life for the next thirty years. Crow Hill: The Telephone Play has been praised by critics and audiences alike for its deeply moving portrayal of life in early 20th century rural Ontario. This play is a poignant and humorous look at love, friendship and community in a world where technological changes can irrevocably alter the fabric of society.

Crow Hill: The Telephone Play

 Written by Ian McLachlan & Robert Winslow

Monologue 4

Character name - Alice

 

Alice talks about Doc Logie and how he came to run the first telephone company in the area.

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When a local doctor opens the first telephone service in the area, fifteen-year-old Alice takes on the job of switchboard operator. This decision will direct the course of her life for the next thirty years. Crow Hill: The Telephone Play has been praised by critics and audiences alike for its deeply moving portrayal of life in early 20th century rural Ontario. This play is a poignant and humorous look at love, friendship and community in a world where technological changes can irrevocably alter the fabric of society.

Crow Hill: The Telephone Play

 Written by Ian McLachlan & Robert Winslow

Monologue 5

Character name - Alice

 

Alice remembers the last few days of Doc Logie's life and recites an original poem by real life telephone operator Ona Gardiner.

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When a local doctor opens the first telephone service in the area, fifteen-year-old Alice takes on the job of switchboard operator. This decision will direct the course of her life for the next thirty years. Crow Hill: The Telephone Play has been praised by critics and audiences alike for its deeply moving portrayal of life in early 20th century rural Ontario. This play is a poignant and humorous look at love, friendship and community in a world where technological changes can irrevocably alter the fabric of society.

Doctor Barnardo's Children

 Written by Ian McLachlan & Robert Winslow

Monologue 6

Character name - Doctor Barnardo

Doctor Barnardo's plea to the public to help poor orphaned children on the streets of London, England.

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This stunning play explores the immigration of thousands of English children to Canada in the early 1900s, under a scheme to relocate young orphans to a ‘better’ life in the colonies. A sell-out hit in 2005, 2006 and 2014, Doctor Barnardo’s Children is a beloved 4th Line classic.

Doctor Barnardo's Children

 Written by Ian McLachlan & Robert Winslow

Monologue 7

Character name - Young Lily

Young Lily's letter to her brother Walter who she has been seperated from after being adopted out to separate homes in Canada.

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This stunning play explores the immigration of thousands of English children to Canada in the early 1900s, under a scheme to relocate young orphans to a ‘better’ life in the colonies. A sell-out hit in 2005, 2006 and 2014, Doctor Barnardo’s Children is a beloved 4th Line classic.

For Home and Country

 Written by Leanna Brodie

Monologue 8

Character name - Adelaide Hoodless

Adelaide delivers a rousing call to action for women to form an Institute in order to communicate and share knowledge on women's issues.

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For Home and Country chronicles the life of Judy and Lorna, who develop a rewarding relationship despite their city versus county attitudes. Through a combination or comedy, song and drama, For Home and Country explores community and belonging, while uncovering the dynamic and interesting history of the Women's Institute of Canada. 

Gimme That Prime Time Religion

 Written by Robert Winslow, Murray McCune, Ben Henderson, Marianne Copithorne & Edward Lyszkiewicz

Monologue 9

Character name - Orville

 

Orville gives a melodramatic testimonial about his conversion to Christianity.

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"I don’t need Facebook. I’ve got Faithbook! And only one friend! God Almighty. He’s all I need.” HALLELUJAH AND PRAISE THE BARNYARD! When an evangelistic ministry fronted by the scurrilous American preacher comes to Millbrook to put on a faith healing rally, the audience becomes the faithful and is swept up in this topical and viciously funny satire. This outrageous play with music is a stunning examination of televangelists and extremism.

Gimme That Prime Time Religion

 Written by Robert Winslow, Murray McCune, Ben Henderson, Marianne Copithorne & Edward Lyszkiewicz

Monologue 10

Character name - Bobby Angel

 

Reverend Bobby Angel delivers a boisterous sermon and call to the altar.

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"I don’t need Facebook. I’ve got Faithbook! And only one friend! God Almighty. He’s all I need.” HALLELUJAH AND PRAISE THE BARNYARD! When an evangelistic ministry fronted by the scurrilous American preacher comes to Millbrook to put on a faith healing rally, the audience becomes the faithful and is swept up in this topical and viciously funny satire. This outrageous play with music is a stunning examination of televangelists and extremism.

Gimme That Prime Time Religion

 Written by Robert Winslow, Murray McCune, Ben Henderson, Marianne Copithorne & Edward Lyszkiewicz

Monologue 11

Character name - Tammy

 

Tammy gives a shocking and tear-jerking testimonial about her journey to born-again Christianity.

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"I don’t need Facebook. I’ve got Faithbook! And only one friend! God Almighty. He’s all I need.” HALLELUJAH AND PRAISE THE BARNYARD! When an evangelistic ministry fronted by the scurrilous American preacher comes to Millbrook to put on a faith healing rally, the audience becomes the faithful and is swept up in this topical and viciously funny satire. This outrageous play with music is a stunning examination of televangelists and extremism.

Schoolhouse

Leanna Brodie

Monologue 12

Character name - Miss Linton

Miss Linton prepares for a busy day in a one-room schoolhouse and talks about women's roles in 1930s.

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The Year is 1938 and Miss Linton is the new teacher in a rural schoolhouse full of eager youngsters and underachieving 'big boys'. The play recalls the passion of the young teachers who shaped so any lives by inspiring loyalty, fear, and the love of learning. Both poignant and bittersweet, the heart-warming production pays homage to a way of life that has all but disappeared. 

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Leanna Brodie

Monologue 13

Character name - Ewart with Miss Linton

Miss Linton, a one-room schoolhouse teacher, reflects on her teaching career and her most memorable student.

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The Year is 1938 and Miss Linton is the new teacher in a rural schoolhouse full of eager youngsters and underachieving 'big boys'. The play recalls the passion of the young teachers who shaped so any lives by inspiring loyalty, fear, and the love of learning. Both poignant and bittersweet, the heart-warming production pays homage to a way of life that has all but disappeared. 

The 4th Line Farm Show

Robert Winslow & The 4th Line Collective

Monologue 14

Character name - Connie

Connie talks about being one-half of a husband and wife team who run a farm together.

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This humorous look at farm life, celebrates 4th Line's rural stage and deep community connections. A treat for every family - city or country!

The Bad Luck Bank Robbers

 Written by Alex Poch-Goldin

Monologue 15

Character name - Jean-Claude Lalonde or "JC"

JC, one of the french Canadian bad luck bank robbers taunts the audience on the subject of the feud between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens.

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The Bad Luck Bank Robbers tells the story of the August 31, 1961, brazen, daylight robbery of the Toronto Dominion bank in Havelock, Ontario. The bank robbers make off with $250,000 in cash and securities, pulling off the largest, single day bank robbery in Canada at that time and triggering a flurry of speculation over the mystery of the missing money—a mystery which remains unsolved to this day. The play has it all: courtroom drama, intrigue, outrageous humour, classic car chases and a good dose of Toronto/Montreal hockey rivalry.

The Cavan Blazers

 Written by Robert Winslow

Monologue 16

 Character name - Patrick Maguire

 

Patrick Maguire speaks about his family's troubles  and their exile from Ireland.

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A gritty, intense play that has the audience on the edge of its seat from start to finish.  This drama chronicles the religious conflict between Catholic and Protestant settlers in Cavan Township in the early to mid-nineteenth century.  Violence erupts when a Protestant vigilante gang known as the Cavan Blazers tries to stop a Catholic settlement from being established. 

The Cavan Blazers

 Written by Robert Winslow

Monologue 17

 Patrick Maguire

 

Patrick Maguire gives an inspirational speech to his fellow Catholic's at a barn-raising event

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A gritty, intense play that has the audience on the edge of its seat from start to finish.  This drama chronicles the religious conflict between Catholic and Protestant settlers in Cavan Township in the early to mid-nineteenth century.  Violence erupts when a Protestant vigilante gang known as the Cavan Blazers tries to stop a Catholic settlement from being established. 

The Cavan Blazers

 Written by Robert Winslow

Monologue 18

Character Name - Thomas Rutherford

Thomas Rutherford recounts an act of violence commited against his Protestant family members by Catholic rebels in Cavan Township.

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A gritty, intense play that has the audience on the edge of its seat from start to finish.  This drama chronicles the religious conflict between Catholic and Protestant settlers in Cavan Township in the early to mid-nineteenth century.  Violence erupts when a Protestant vigilante gang known as the Cavan Blazers tries to stop a Catholic settlement from being established. 

The Moodie Traill

 Written by Tim Etherington, Caron Garside, Susan Spicer and Robert Winslow

Monologue 19

Character name - Susanna Moodie

 

Susanna Moodie speaks about the challenging living conditions as an early settler in the Peterborough area.

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The Moodie Traill is based on Catharine Parr Traill and Susanna Moodie’s accounts of survival in the Peterborough and Port Hope area in the 1830s. It is a fascinating story about the challenges faced by early women settlers in the region based on their extensive writings.

The Orchard

Written by Ian McLachlan & Robert Winslow

Monologue 20

Character name - Valerie

 

Valerie speaks to the ghosts of the past about the world around her in Millbrook in 1969.

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Lillian Andrews has returned to the ancestral family homestead after a five year absence to find the farm in decay, the bank about to foreclose, and hungry land developers hovering like vultures. Loosely based on Anton Chekhov's classic play The Cherry Orchard, this moving drama transports the audience on a journey into the recent past, asking questions about ownership, freedom and a sense of place.

The Winslows of Derryvore

Written by Robert Winslow

Monologue 21

Character name - James Maguire

 

James Maguire tells the classic Irish folk tale about  mischief and trickery called "Hurden & Durden."

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This extraordinary prequel to The Cavan Blazers explores the origins of the Irish Troubles in an epic tale of romance and adventure filled with battles, music and the magic of 17th century Ireland.

Welcome Death

Written by Robert Winslow

Monologue 22

Character name - Robert Maxwell

Robert Maxwell, county coroner, speaks about his experience at the murder scene of Elizabeth Deyell.

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Welcome Death is a cold case murder mystery set in the late nineteenth-century. The play tells the true story of Elizabeth Deyell, a young woman who walked from Millbrook to Port Hope on a cold winter’s night. Her murdered body was found in a farmer’s field a few months later and spurred investigations both scientific and supernatural. 

Welcome Death

Written by Robert Winslow

Monologue 23

Character name - Polly

Polly reads a letter written to her sister Elizabeth Deyell about her life in the United States.

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Welcome Death is a cold case murder mystery set in the late nineteenth-century. The play tells the true story of Elizabeth Deyell, a young woman who walked from Millbrook to Port Hope on a cold winter’s night. Her murdered body was found in a farmer’s field a few months later and spurred investigations both scientific and supernatural. 

Who Killed Snow White?

Written by Judith Thompson

Monologue 24

Character name - Fantasia

 

13 year-old Fantasia tells her best friend Serena why they can no longer be friends.

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Serena is a normal fifteen-year-old girl. She loves her mom and dad, she has loyal friends and she is struggling to find herself and her place in an increasingly complex world. An act of violence shatters Serena’s world and shakes a community to its core, pitting young people and neighbours against each other. This ‘ripped from the headlines’ play is an unflinching exploration of social media and cyber-bullying among today’s youth.

Who Killed Snow White?

Written by Judith Thompson

Monologue 25

Character name - Serena

Serena emerges from a pond and explains the reason for her disappearance  and the lasting footprint of cyber bullying.

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Serena is a normal fifteen-year-old girl. She loves her mom and dad, she has loyal friends and she is struggling to find herself and her place in an increasingly complex world. An act of violence shatters Serena’s world and shakes a community to its core, pitting young people and neighbours against each other. This ‘ripped from the headlines’ play is an unflinching exploration of social media and cyber-bullying among today’s youth.

Who Killed Snow White?

Written by Judith Thompson

Monologue 26

Character name - Ramona

Ramona describes her dream of exacting revenge against her daughter's perpetrators and the importance of telling her story.

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Serena is a normal fifteen-year-old girl. She loves her mom and dad, she has loyal friends and she is struggling to find herself and her place in an increasingly complex world. An act of violence shatters Serena’s world and shakes a community to its core, pitting young people and neighbours against each other. This ‘ripped from the headlines’ play is an unflinching exploration of social media and cyber-bullying among today’s youth.

Who Killed Snow White?

Written by Judith Thompson

Monologue 27

Character name - Ramona

Ramona talks about the experience of being a parent and how children grow up so fast.

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Serena is a normal fifteen-year-old girl. She loves her mom and dad, she has loyal friends and she is struggling to find herself and her place in an increasingly complex world. An act of violence shatters Serena’s world and shakes a community to its core, pitting young people and neighbours against each other. This ‘ripped from the headlines’ play is an unflinching exploration of social media and cyber-bullying among today’s youth.