Amicus Productions opens its 2017/18 season commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. Quiet Courage by Chris Coculuzzi is an adaptation of Too Many To Mourn by James and Rowena Mahar that tells the story of the Jackson family who lost two-thirds of their extended family on that fateful morning. Performed at The Papermill Theatre, at the Todmorden Mills historical site (67 Pottery Rd, Toronto), Quiet Courage runs November 9th – 25th, Thursday to Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $25 regular, $20 seniors, and $15 students. Tickets may be purchased online at www.amicustickets.ca or by phone at 416-860-6176.
Quiet Courage focuses on five of the Jackson family members: Mary Jean is a woman of incredible faith who takes care of her stevedore husband and ten children, her sister Ada is an atheist suffragette who is burdened with the responsibility of trying to find survivors, their brakeman brother James is seriously wounded and searching for his wife while their brother-in-law Vince is shovelling coal on a train when he is knocked to his feet, and their niece Sophye hears of the news in Boston and rushes back on the first relief train. The production also employs the use of non-fiction narration and projections of archival images to help tell the story of how the ships collided and the immediate relief efforts that were employed to tend to the thousands wounded and homeless.