In 1985, while she was a student at the National Theatre School in Montreal, Brooke Johnson became friends with Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Through reminiscences, journal entries and correspondence, Brooke gives us a personal insight into the man and the times that is “not to be missed” (National Post). A remarkable story of a surprising friendship, this one woman show has been affecting and wowing audiences and critics across the country. Trudeau Stories is about friendship and loss… and about who the heck we think we are.

trudeau_storiesJoin Theatre Collingwood as we present Trudeau Stories on Saturday, March 5th, 7:30pm, at The Historic Gayety Theatre. This is not a political play. You don’t have to be a Liberal to attend! Don’t miss this outstanding and powerful one-woman play. Call 705-445-2200 or visit to order your tickets today.


Brooke Johnson is a graduate of the Acting Program of the National Theatre School of Canada, and has performed in theatres from the Bay of Fundy to the Foothills of the Rockies. She has four Dora Mavor Moore Best Actress nominations and two Gemini Awards, one for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of Marlene Moore in Holly Dale’s Dangerous Offender and the other for her supporting role of Angie the waitress in Francis Mankiewicz’s 1993 mini-series Conspiracy of Silence. She received an ensemble acting award at the National Board of Review Awards in New York with the rest of the cast of Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter.


“One of Canada’s greatest leaders gets a human face in Trudeau Stories, a memoir of actor Brooke Johnson’s friendship with our 15th prime minister. Drawing on letters, diaries and memories, Johnson knows how to give a narrative as well as an emotional arc to her tale, keeping it intimate but never losing sight of its theatricality.”
Jon Kaplan * NOW

“a lush and intricate script, a remarkable theatre experience.”
Lennie MacPherson, The Guardian (Charlottetown)

“This is a winner…Trudeau Stories is a portrait of a shared friendship, built on love of the outdoors, or poetry, of theatre, and of life itself.”
John Coulbourn, Toronto Sun.

“We are left to wonder about the wonderful mystery of the human species, and what it is we can find in one another if we allow ourselves to try.” Jack McAndrew, The View from Here

“Beautifully written, poignant and very funny.” L. Slotkin CBC Radio