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Controlled Damage


  • Location: Grand Theatre - Spriet Stage 471 Richmond Street
    London ON N6A 3E4
  • Telephone: 519-672-8800
Controlled Damage

On November 8, 1946, Black Nova Scotian, Viola Desmond walked into the Whites-only section of the Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. Unaware that the theatre was segregated, Viola took a seat on the main floor, instead of in the balcony where Black patrons were expected to sit. She was eventually arrested and dragged from the theatre. In Controlled Damage, award-winning playwright Andrea Scott illuminates the story of Viola Desmond – a woman who took a stand against racial discrimination, by taking a seat at a theatre.

“In Controlled Damage, London-born playwright, Andrea Scott immerses audiences into a pivotal moment in Canadian history with incredible grace and power. It may challenge you. It will captivate you. And, it will stick with you for years to come. We are truly honoured to have this powerful play on our stage.” - Dennis

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