Home and Away (2003)

Musical in 2 Acts (Book: Charlie Rhindress)
5 Men/3 Women/4-piece Rock Band

Premiered by Live Bait Theatre, Sackville, NB, May 2003

Following Under the Night, Burry planned a new collaboration with playwright Charlie Rhindress. Inspired by Canada's love/hate relationship with hockey, Home and Away tells the story of a family that is both held together and torn apart by this national obsession. The show follows the format of a hockey game starting with the national anthem and including three periods, intermissions and, of course, interviews with the Don Berry, the "Coach on the Couch in the Corner."

Home and Away was commissioned and premiered by Live Bait Theatre in Sackville, NB in May 2003. The originally production was performed "in the round" in a specially built rink and received its Ontario premiere at Theatre Orangeville in September 2003.

 "Home and Away by Charlie Rhindress and Dean Burry has what it takes for a great night out. Poignancy, satire, tears and belly laughter all rolled into a truly Canadian package. Rhindress and Burry have a winner.within a few years, this show will be playing coast to coast."

-Amherst Daily News


"Rhindress and Burry have transformed this conventional story line into something magical by putting the action on ice, complete with teams, face-offs, breakaways, announcers, colour commentary and the audience in the bleachers.Rock, country, ballad jazz and gospel tunes coexist happily in this exuberant score.it's grand entertainment with and appeal so broadly Canadian that it has the potential to bring audiences to their feet, cheering, from one end of the country to another."

-Sackville Tribune Post


"Home and Away, Live Bait Theatre's exploration of hockey's impact on Canadian family life scores quick and often on its way to winning the hearts of its audience.funny, witty and heart wrenching.(it's) a hard-hitting, though provoking drama that's as intense as a playoff hockey game."

-Halifax Chronicle Herald