This play deals with a two week period surrounding the Halifax Explosion of December 6, 1917. Though the characters are fiction, the events they describe did take place. This drama is about their choices made in a time of crisis and uncertainty.  Our actors have dual roles. Though the cast portray characters named Anna, Brian, Elsie, and Jennie, they also act as narrators. As such, they begin our story, link its days and events, and show how various Haligonians reacted and dealt with what happened.

Welcome to the world of Shatter – about the day the war came home to Halifax.


BARBARA KOBOLAK(Director) has been a member of Kanata Theatre since 1989. In 2015, she received the Capital Critics Circle award for directing Kanata Theatre’s The Dining Room. She has also directed for Phoenix Players and the one-act play readings at Ottawa Little Theatre. Other theatrical contributions include over 40 acting roles, box office, backstage, and servery. She was last seen onstage as Miss Maudie in OLT’s production of To Kill a Mockingbird. Barbara is Kanata Theatre’s Past President, and an EODL board member. Thank you to the tremendous collaborative spirit of everyone on Team Shatter!