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About Andy Jones:
Andy Jones has been a professional writer and actor for over 30 years. He has written five critically acclaimed, one-man comedy shows: Out of the Bin, Still Alive, King O’ Fun, To The Wall, and An Evening with Uncle Val. He has extensively toured, to critical acclaim, across Canada as well as to Glasgow (Scotland) and Waterford (Ireland). He is well known in Canada as one of the groundbreaking members of the Newfoundland comedy troupe CODCO, in both its theatrical and television incarnations. His projects have been released on CD (Letters from Uncle Val), DVD (The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood) and as television films (King O' Fun).

With the CODCO collective he wrote five full-length theatre pieces: Cod On A Stick, Sickness Death and Beyond The Grave, Das Capital, Pocketcrumbs, and The Tale Ends. He has performed across Europe with The Madhouse Company of London, in England with The Ken Campbell Roadshow, and across Canada in theatre productions including The Time and Place (Theatre Smith-Gilmour, Toronto), Pilk’s Madhouse (Second Stage, Halifax), Love and Anger (Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary), Pope Joan (Nightwood Theatre, Toronto), The Postal Show (Theatre P.E.I., Charlottetown), and Bloomsday (Anna Livia Productions, Toronto). In television he has co-written and performed in Kids in the Hall, Dooley Gardens, The Cathy Jones Special, and Nasty Habits.

In film he played principal roles in Rare Birds, Young Triffie, Brain Candy, Extraordinary Visitor, A Secret Nation, Paint Cans, Life With Billy, Coleslaw Warehouse, and The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood (which Andy also co-wrote and directed). Andy’s numerous awards include two Gemini awards, five Gemini nominations, two Emmy nominations, two Genie nominations, election to the Newfoundland Arts Council Hall of Honour, The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council’s Award of Excellence, ‘Best Performance’ at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, and the ACTRA Award of Excellence for Lifetime Achievement.
Andy was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland where he co-founded the Resource Centre for the Arts at the L.S.P.U. Hall, co-writing, acting in, and directing many original productions.

The Queen of Paradise’s Garden with storyteller Andy Jones


“Once upon a time, and a very good time it was, not in your time, indeed not in my time, but in olden times, when quart bottles held half a gallon and houses were papered with pancakes and pigs run about with forks stuck in their backs seein who wanted a slice o’ ham, there were two old people and they never had no children, and they figured they were too old to ever have any.”
- excerpt from The Queen of Paradise’s Garden

So begins Andy Jones’s wonderful new adaptation of a traditional Newfoundland tale. It’s clear from the story’s beginning that there are children on the way, and one of those children is Jack, the delightful, mischievous, big-hearted hero of so many Newfoundland tales. Told with the humour, warmth and sly wit that have made Andy Jones one of the island’s finest and best-loved storytellers, The Queen of Paradise’s Garden follows Jack on his way to the land of the Queen of Paradise, where he searches for a magic fruit to make his parents young again, and finds quite a few other handy things as well.

The story is a free adaptation of a tale told by Albert Heber Keeping of Grand Bank, which he got from Billy Quann of Sagona Island; Keeping’s version was published in Halpert and Widdowson’s seminal collection, Folktales of Newfoundland.

With puppets by Darka Erdelji.

Click here to watch a video of Andy Jones reading The Queen of Paradise’s Garden.

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