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Beyond the Legal Limit -STREAM

April 9, 7:30 pm


Beyond the Legal Limit -STREAM

Tickets: $10 (plus service charge)


This on-demand event premieres on April 9th at 7:30 pm! Tickets will be available to purchase and performance will be available to view for 1 week after the premiere date.

Beyond the Legal Limit is a theatrical performance with music based on the adaptation of Pat Henman’s memoir of the same name.

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in June 2013, performer and singer Pat Henman, was driving home on the highway with her 19-year-old daughter, Maia, when they were struck head-on by a drunk driver. Although both survived, their physical injuries still remain, and the emotional toll on their well-being and that of their family has become a story that inspired Pat to share in the only way she knew how—on stage with songs that expresses the intensity and the joy of a life changing event.

Part story-telling, part concert, Pat tells the story of trauma and recovery in this unique and passionate one act drama with music, while embracing the many colours of survival presented on stage with her words, adapted by Canadian playwright and Genie Award nominee, Kelly Rebar, and original music by Canadian musician and composer, Konrad Pluta. Theatre Director, writer and performer, Tracey Power is well known as a BC artist, with her recent premier of GLORY, inspired by the true story of the Preston Rivulettes, winning the Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play.

Pat is joined on stage by two Nelson artists each will upcoming shows of their own: Rachel DeShon is well-known as an international artist and will be performing in her own concert event, “Look for the Silver Lining” on June 12th at the Capitol Theatre. Robyn Lamb attended McGill University and Vancouver Community College, studying classical music. Robyn was recently seen as musical director for Mamma Mia! and will be featured in her one woman show, Me, Myself and Ireland, at the Capitol Theatre on April 16th.

Pat is a veteran of Canadian theatre as actor, singer and director, with radio, television and film credits spanning over a 40 year career in the performing arts. She recently directed Mamma Mia! in Nelson, BC. Pat received a Special Citation in recognition for her “considerable Contribution to Arts, Culture and Heritage in the City of Nelson, BC” in 2018. She was nominated for the Courage to Come Back Award in 2015. She is an appointed director of the BC Arts Council and the Pacific Regional Victims Advisory Committee. She is also an active volunteer for MADD Canada.

Created with support from the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, the Amy Ferguson Institute, the Nelson Civic Theatre Artist in Residence Program, and the Canada Council for the Arts, Beyond the Legal Limit is a unique project developed entirely during the Covid-19 crisis. Pat would like to express her gratitude for the support shown to her by her family, her creative team, her cast and the funding agents that believed in this project.

What does the bottom line resemble when your life has been shattered by an act of violence? Pat draws the reader into a journey nothing could have prepared her for. Everyday, on average, 4 Canadians are killed and 175 are injured in impaired-related crashes. Not every victim or survivor has the opportunity or the strength to tell their story.

For victims of crime, justice is illusive as they battle with systems and institutions whose priorities are balanced against their interests. Pat’s story is a grueling account of how victims and survivors blindly enter an arena of competing systematic priorities hoping for the scales to be balanced, needing to have their voices heard, and having their sense of justice shattered.

Pat’s offers a moving account of loss and grief, determination, and resiliency as we are drawn into an experience you have no control over.
—Celine Lee-Survivor of violent crime, Chairperson – Pacific Region Victim Advisory Council.

“Beyond the Legal Limit is a skillfully told account of a life-altering car crash and its harrowing aftermath. The reader is given a bedside seat for a vivid and relentless journey through the medical system before witnessing the legal aftermath that threatened to re-victimize both Pat and her daughter Maia. A raw and personal account, this memoir poses important questions about how we do justice and should be required reading for every medical and legal professional.”

Performance venue:

The Capitol

421 Victoria Street
Nelson, BC V1L 5R2
Phone: (250) 352-6363

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