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“ (one) should miss the chance to see this.” Vancouver Sun
  • by Colleen Murphy

NAC English Theatre Production

Please note:
There are no latecomers admitted to this performance. Patrons leaving the Studio during the performance will not be re-admitted.

In the aftermath of the 1989 Montreal Massacre, Benoît and Kathleen try to help their beloved son Jean deal with the guilt of surviving what so many women did not. Seething with self-loathing, rage and powerlessness, Jean's life has come unglued. With humour, empathy and the routine of everyday life, the narrative moves backwards in time to the fateful day when Jean survived. With devastating honesty and scalpel-like precision, this searing drama explores the nature of courage and the private shadows cast by public violence.

Contains strong language and mature themes.


Theatre is a conversation to share with our neighbours.

Immediately after the performance, we invite you to take a moment to share your reactions with each other at one of the NAC’s new Talk-About-It Tables. You’ll find a menu of prompts to help start the conversation and the bar will remain open. Your presence at the table is an invitation to others – yes strangers – to join and say hello. Think of it as an instant Book Club for engaged audience members!

Did you know?
December 6, the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, is now commemorated as Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.


Performance is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

Kate Hennig, Paul Rainville © Andrew Alexander
Kayvon Kelly, Kate Hennig © Andrew Alexander
Kayvon Kelly, Paul Rainville © Andrew Alexander