The Triumph of Teresa Harris


Bob Smith interviews Penn about March events celebrating Teresa Harris.
The video is up on

Why the play should be in the schools: by Mary McDonald

“Play stands as tribute to one woman’s Triumph”,

PublicationThe Dream Life of Teresa Harris is now available on line and in print from Playwrights Guild of Canada.  See and



March 4, 2 pm, 2017. Launch of the original script of The Dream Life of Teresa Harris, CD, The Dream Life of Teresa Harris: a Sound Opera, with musicians Mary Ashton, Panayiotis Giannarapis and performer/author Penn Kemp. Free and open to the public.
This will be a performance from the script, The Dream Life of Teresa Harris, that was performed at Eldon House. Penn’s reading is sponsored by Playwrights Guild of Canada, with thanks to the original London Heritage Council CHIP grant.
Masonville Branch London Public Library, 30 N Centre Rd, London, ON N5X 3W1. Contact: Jennifer Quinton, Branch Supervisor,  519-660-4646, 519-661-5100 ext 2036.

“I believe I have a little of the Bedouin Arab in me.”-Teresa Harris

March 22-25, The Triumph of Teresa Harris: a play in two acts

The Palace Theatre and Eldon House present The Triumph of Teresa Harris
Procunier Hall, The Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas St., London ON. 519-432 1029.

The indomitable explorer Teresa Harris returns to London in Penn Kemp’s new play

The Triumph of Teresa Harris!

Her adventures are on stage in 5 Performances…

Procunier Hall @ The Palace Theatre 710 Dundas Street London, ON, N5W 2Z4 Canada


March 22, 2017 – 8:00 PM

March 23, 2017 – 8:00 PM

March 24, 2017 – 8:00 PM

March 25, 2017 – 2:00 PM ** Matinee

March 25, 2017 – 8:00 PM

Tickets:  $23 seniors/students. $25 adults. Online: an additional $1.00.
Preview, March 27: $15

The Triumph of Teresa Harris is written by Penn Kemp and directed by Diane Haggerty <>

Performed by a cast of 16 with 2 musicians!

The Cast for The Palace Production, March 2017

DIRECTOR: Diane Haggerty

MUSICIANS: Mary Ashton and Panayiotis Giannarapis


Ammar Abraham: Lieutenant/Tenzin

Dean Andrews: Scott

Bridget Corbett: Sister

Grace Ginty:  Sister

Maya Gupta: Mid-Teresa

Brenda Hamilton: Amelia 2

Kyei, Afia: Chris

Kassia Mobbayal: John

Christopher Noble: St. George

Irene Paibulsinjit: Annie

Karina Redick: Sister

Kendall Robertson: Sister

Jan Sims: Amelia 1

Old Teresa: Maureen Spencer Golovchenko

Passing Stranger/Cook: Heather Weitzel

Young Teresa: Taylor Jordyn

With thanks to London Community Players at the Palace Theatre.

See and Eldon House Heritage Museum,

Photo of Teresa on camel: Harris Family Fonds, Western Archives, Western University

The main character is Teresa Harris, b.1839, Eldon House,
London. She tells her amazing life story from her home in
Eldon House. Born the youngest of a prosperous pioneer
family intent on bettering itself, Teresa married a Scottish
military man who promised to carry her off to foreign parts
she had dreamed of all her life. Teresa’s story emerges
through her own voice and that of her protective mother
and her two husbands. Both men offered Teresa escape
from the ordinary domestic constraint for a woman of her
time and position in colonial London society.
(Photo Credits: Harris Family Fonds, Teresa on Camel Photo, Western Archives, Western University)
The Triumph of Teresa Harris





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