The Fred Wells Show @ Emily Carr House | May 6 & 7

Published April 7, 2016 by Barker Street Cinema

“A fascinating script by Danette Boucher … and a charming, DeNiro-esque performance by James Douglas, this is a true story of honour and determination that can’t help but inspire.” **** MONDAY MAGAZINE

Histrionics Theatre Co. & Emily Carr House present

The Fred Wells Show

written and directed by Danette Boucher
performed by James Douglas

Friday and Saturday | May 6th & 7th 2016 @ 8:00 PM
Emily Carr House | 207 Government Street | Victoria, BC
$12 per adult | $10 per student or senior

The Fred Wells Show is a fascinating but little known true story from BC’s more recent past…

As the gloom of the Great Depression fell like a fog over North America in the 1930s, one tiny pocket of prosperity shone like a beacon of hope. High up in the foothills of British Columbia’s Cariboo Mountains an introverted yet charismatic prospector named Fred Marshall Wells had a hunch there might still be gold where the province’s great Gold Rush once boomed in the 1860s. And he was right. While the rest of the world struggled simply to survive, the Cariboo Gold Quartz Mine erupted into activity. Soon, thousands of people flocked to the area, and the next Cariboo Gold Rush began. Fred Wells saved countless BC families from the ravages of poverty in the “dirty thirties” and today the town of Wells, BC – 73 kilometres east of Quesnel – survives as his legacy.

The Fred Wells Show stars James Douglas (long-time Victoria performer and Manager of Visitor Experiences at Barkerville Historic Town & Park) and was written and directed by Danette Boucher (artistic director of Histrionics Theatre Co. and an MA graduate in Applied Theatre from the University of Victoria).

The Fred Wells Show is a 60-minute humorous and dramatic monologue that presents the innermost thoughts of an industrious “man of few words.” Perfectly suited to the intimate, house-concert environment presented by Victoria’s Emily Carr House, The Fred Wells Show will be followed by complimentary refreshments and artist talk-balk.

Proceeds from both evenings will benefit Emily Carr House educational programming and supplies for visiting school groups.

Seating is limited. Parking is also limited inside Emily Carr House gates, but more space is available two blocks away at Beacon Hill Park. For more information or to book advance tickets, please call Emily Carr House at (250) 383-5843, or email

Histrionics Theatre Co. was founded in 1999 by Danette Boucher, and is dedicated to the creation of new works that explore historic characters and situations, with particular attention paid to site-specific situations and applied theatre techniques.

Emily Carr House is a Provincial Heritage Property and National Historic Site of Canada located in Victoria, British Columbia. It was the childhood home of revered Canadian painter Emily Carr, and had a lasting impression on her paintings and writings.

Histrionics Theatre Co.
2346 Pooley Street | Wells, BC

2 comments on “The Fred Wells Show @ Emily Carr House | May 6 & 7

  • we had this theatrical presentation given to all of our staff, and with 125 people present, James Douglas held the crowd spell-bound for the entire show….amazing acting/presenting a true life story of one of BC’s most important historic characters…..

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