Labrador Creative Arts Festival
It Can be Done is a handbook featuring scripts by Mud Lake Elementary School as presented at Labrador Creative Arts Festivals from 1979-2010, created by Tim Borlase, Founder of the Labrador Creative Arts Festival.
This handbook is dedicated to Mud Lakers past, present and future who through their creativity have brought joy and hope to many Labradorians.
This is an anthology of play scripts from the festival, spanning the early years of its existence to the present day. The collection features scripts from the five communities of Nunatsiavut, selected to show the ever-evolving sense of being an Inuk over the course of the 44 years since the festival began.
IkKaumajammik means "memories," and the plays in this collection were created from memories of Labrador life.
"In 2016 Johannes Lampe, president of Nunatsiavut, reflected on his own experience working on the film dramatization of the life of Abraham Ulrikab, and suggested that making the opportunity for acting available to adults in the communities might be a way to increase social interaction and mental well-being. Accordingly, we applied for and received funding to develop adult drama groups in Nain (2017), Makkovik (2017), Hopedale (2018), Rigolet (2018) and Postville (2019).
The actors ranged in age from 17 to 70, and were recruited through social media and personal approaches. Many had participated in the Labrador Creative Arts Festival as children, and their fond memories of those experiences were sufficient to motivate them to take up acting again. For others, this was their first time on stage.
The play scripts are reproduced here, but we would like to set the stage by talking about the artistic choices made by the actors in each community. Perhaps the most remarkable discovery throughout the process was the very distinct way in which each group approached the use of memory and culture to deliver a message important to their community.
We hope that the creation and performance of the plays will have crafted new memories for the people who were brave and gracious enough to join the adult drama groups in the communities of Nunatsiavut in 2017-2019. We would like to thank the Tradition and Transition among the Labrador Inuit partnership for the funding for the project, student coordinators Caroline Nochasak (Nain), Carrie Lou McNeill (Makkovik), Robert Jacque (Rigolet and Hopedale) and Kathryn Worthman (Postville) and our co-op student Jill Jablonski for their assistance, the five communities for their hospitality and enthusiasm, and above all, the actors for coming together to tell their stories.
We hope that this collection will provide the opportunity for these plays to be recreated, or will inspire the next wave of theatrical productions in a region that features many talented and committed actors, whether veterans of the Labrador Creative Arts Festival or new to the stage. Perhaps the new Illusuak Centre will become the home of a new festival of Nunatsiavut productions, celebrating the talent and vision of generations of Inuit actors to come!"