Pigeon King performance (Photo courtesy of Heather Boa, Director of Marketing, Blyth Festival)

Blyth Festival Opens 44th Season With ‘Pigeon King’

The Blyth Festival officially opens it’s new season Friday night with last year’s biggest hit, “The Pigeon King”.

Artistic Director Gil Garratt says putting the play together last year was a unique experience because it’s a true story of how local farmers were swindled by a man selling pigeons.

Cast members went out into the community to talk to people who had anything to do with the Pigeon King, including farmers who became victims of the scam, and salespeople who worked for Arlan Galbraith.

“Through all of these interviews we development genuine friendships with folks we didn’t know and won their trust and in turn were entrusted with their stories,” says Garratt. “By the time that thing hit the stage, not only was it a collective creation of all of the artists who had worked on it, in many ways it was a collective creation of a whole community.”

They also talked to the Prosecuting Attorney and received permission to listen to the recordings of the trial. Arlan Galbraith, who was known as “The Pigeon King”, was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison.

The curtain goes up on this year’s production of “The Pigeon King” Friday night to launch the 44th season of the Blyth Festival.

Pigeon King performance (Photo courtesy of Heather Boa, Director of Marketing, Blyth Festival)