Jesus, My Boy


Jesus, My Boy is a warmly funny and poignant piece of theatre that lets Joseph, the forgotten man of the Christmas story, have his say. John Dowie, the author, is a British stand-up comedian turned playwright, and through his wry eyes, we follow Joseph’s journey from his life as an ordinary carpenter (“how do you make a dovetail joint?”), to meeting Mary (“her first words to me were, ‘call this a table?’”), to the birth of Jesus and the gifts of the Magi (“you couldn’t find a rattle?”), the boy’s childhood and beyond. This is a very human portrait of an ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances which will bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart.


“The script is thick with laughs but there are also moments of genuine poignancy. It’s hard to overvalue the pleasure of gentle humour being warmly delivered on a chilly November evening after a taxing day. Jesus, My Boy was like slipping into a warm bath with a glass of red wine.” ~British Theatre Guide

“A first-rate script… the author’s time on the stand-up comedy circuit – where he developed, performed and fine-tuned Jesus, My Boy – is evident. His jokes are extremely intelligent and insightful, not to mention well timed, wringing laughter from the audience even as tears prick at their eyes.”  ~What’s On

“Achieves the almost impossible feat of giving it a fresh perspective… Joseph shakes off his image of a dutiful but sexless octogenarian and we see instead a man who is warm, funny, vulnerable yet unconditionally loving… not only a joyous and poignant accessibility but relevance many of us thought it had lost forever.” ~Glasgow Herald


REBECCA EAMON (Stage Manager) | IAN FARTHING (Cast – Joseph) | DOREEN TAYLOR-CLAXTON (Cast – Musician)




December 6  – The Gathering House, Chesterville, Ontario

December 7  – St. Alban’s Church, Ottawa, Ontario

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Director JONATHAN HARRIS and Ensemble Cast member and Dramaturge GEORGE DUTCH discuss the play with RABBI BULKA on “Sunday Night Live With Rabbi Bulka”, July 12, 2015 on 580 CFRA radio. LISTEN TO THE FULL DISCUSSION

Message from the Director JONATHAN HARRIS on the Great Canadian Theatre Company’s website about staging the play. READ THE BLOG

Review of the play by Rajka Stefanovska for the Capital Critics Circle. READ THE REVIEW

Ottawa Magazine’s article by Amy Allen and Matt Harrison about the play, featured in the Weekender of “6 things to do on the weekend”. READ THE ARTICLE

Ottawa Life Magazine’s article by Kate Tenenhouse about the play “9th Hour Brings Comedy and Conflict to the Stage” READ THE ARTICLE

Review of the play by Jennifer Hartley for Ottawa Life Magazine. READ THE REVIEW

Review of the play by Jennifer Cavanagh for Apartment 613. READ THE REVIEW

Review by Daniel Bezalel Richardsen for Herd Magazine. READ THE REVIEW

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