Coalmines, Council Houses & Corsets


Date(s) - Thursday, April 27
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

National Arts Centre, Back Stage

Coalmines, Council Houses & Corsets: The Life & Times of a Scottish Granny
created and performed by Norma Cameron

Walk down memory lane to a time when religious segregation, clan wars and class structure were alive and well in the small coal-mining town of Cambusnethan in the lowlands of Scotland. Discover how Helen Jamieson, born in 1900 into poverty, manages to carve out a life full of love, laughter and adventure. With one foot firmly planted in Cambusnethan as the wife of a coalminer and the other in the land of wonderment, she shares this world with her granddaughter through her incredible gift as a storyteller. Visit Granny Jamieson’s council house and mining community, travel with Granny to Rio de Janeiro and Africa, and visit Buckingham Palace and learn about Granny’s role in helping the Queen Mum!

Norma’s storytelling career spans twenty years and has taken her to festivals in Canada, England, Scotland, and Ireland. Norma has given a TEDx Talk Cultivating Narrative Intelligence as it relates to memory, personal history, and how we are ‘wired’ for stories. She runs The Narrative Company, working with a variety of non-profit organizations to teach them about the “power of story”.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 7:30 pm
National Arts Centre: Back Stage

Tickets are $22 (regular), $18 (seniors). Student Rush available. Subscribe to all 4 NAC shows for $65. For tickets or information, or to subscribe to all four shows, go to or call 1-888-991-2787 (ARTS).


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