December 2017 marks the 100th year anniversary of the Halifax Explosion right in the midst of WWI. It was the largest man-made explosion up until Hiroshima. To commemorate this important part of Canadian History, Kanata Theatre is mounting a production of Canadian playwright Trina Davies’ Shatter.
Anna MacLean is a teenager, thrilled with her new diary, and flush with excitement at all of the handsome soldiers in the streets of Halifax. Though Anna’s mother and her best friend, Elsie Shultz, talk of the war, Anna can only think about whether the young man at the door enforcing the blackout order thought she was pretty. The next morning, their world collapses. Shatter explores the little-known details of the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion of 1917. A taut, exciting, and moving drama, it examines our strengths and weaknesses due to fear amidst the uncertainty of tomorrow.