At This Hour at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

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Zuppa Theatre
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Zuppa Theatre, in association with The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, The Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and Signs of the Maritimes Deaf Theatre Troupe presents: At This Hour, a docu-drama investigation into the causes of the Halifax Explosion, running from December 2nd – 12th at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

 

On December 6, 1917, in the narrows of Halifax Harbour/Kjipuktuk, the Belgian Relief vessel IMO collided with an overloaded French munitions ship, Mont Blanc. The resulting massive explosion wreaked havoc on both sides of the harbour and left approximately 2000 people dead. One in every fifty Haligonians suffered sight loss as a result of the explosion – it was the largest mass blinding in Canadian history. Within hours of the disaster, Ottawa ordered a full investigation and the Wreck Commissioner’s Inquiry began the following week at the Halifax Provincial Court.

Who was to blame? A century later, this question is still unanswered.

At This Hour is a documentary theatre lecture about the Halifax Explosion created with and for the Blind/Partially Sighted and Deaf communities. Constructed like an open seminar, the performers are documentarians. Using verbatim text from the transcripts of the inquiry into the explosion, they explore how British imperialism permitted and encouraged the government mismanagement which led to the explosion, and the cover-ups and scapegoating that followed.

Produced in collaboration with Signs of the Maritimes Deaf Theatre Troupe, At This Hour will feature a hearing cast and a Deaf cast performing the show simultaneously.

 

 

Note: All audience members will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon entry to the Maritime Museum. Masks must be worn at all times within the museum unless eating or drinking. At This Hour will have general seating. If you are feeling sick or unwell, please stay home.

 

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