Spriet Stage

Controlled Damage

Controlled Damage

By Andrea Scott
Directed by Ray Hogg

January 17 to 29, 2023
Opening Night January 20
Spriet Stage

Running Time: 120 minutes


"I didn't do anything wrong."


The Story

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.


On Wednesday evenings, immediately after the performance, come up to the Drewlo Lounge for a brief guided discussion with Grand staff members, guest artists, and creative team members. Enhance your theatre experience with this informal chance to dive deeper into the show’s content while mingling with patrons and artists.

Controlled Damage  events:
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2023
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Pull up a chair and join us – the Drewlo Lounge Bar will be open!

Open Caption performance:  Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 2:00pm

From the Stage Door

“It is so much more than a simple history lesson.” - Halifax Presents
“There’s so much interest in seeing Desmond’s story dramatized that it’s actually a tougher ticket to get than Hamilton.” - The Globe and Mail
“Andrea Scott immerses audiences into a pivotal moment in Canadian history with incredible grace and power. 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 Garnhum, Grand Theatre Artistic Director
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