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Eastern Front Theatre presents

The World Premiere of
Lullaby: Inside The Halifax Explosion
by Karen Bassett       Directed by Koumbie
featuring Troy Adams, Mauralea Austin & Lisa Nasson
November 23 - December 10, 2017
The Maritime Museum of The Atlantic



Photo Credit: Stoo Metz


1917 Halifax Nova Scotia

Mi 'kmaq

Middle age


Turtle Grove




Communities united by the beautiful harbour they share and divided by ugly racial lines. When their lives are rocked by a devastating explosion they find themselves sharing space for the first time. As they come to grips with the disaster that surrounds them and find their route back home, they are forced to work together. But can the urgency of the present eclipse the bigotry of the past?



(In Person: 2309 Maynard St - 9am-5pm)
Tickets: $25 (adult)
$18 (student, senior, artist rate)
Plus box office fees and hst



Lullaby is made possible with the invaluable support of our Presenting Sponsor:



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NS TOUR schedule

Oct 28th:                              8pm             - Bauer Theatre, Antigonish CLICK HERE
Nov 2nd:                              7.30pm        - MIPAC, Windsor CLICK HERE
Nov 4th:                              8pm             - Evergreen Theatre, Margaretsville CLICK HERE
Nov 15th:                            7.30pm        - DeCoste Centre, Pictou CLICK HERE
Nov 17th:                            7.30pm        - Chester Playhouse CLICK HERE

HALIFAX PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE - Maritime Museum of The Atlantic

Week One
Nov 22nd - 7.30pm - Preview  - Book Now
Nov 23rd - 7.30pm - OPENING - Book Now
Nov 24th - 7.30pm - Book Now
Nov 25th - 7.30pm - Book Now
Nov 26th - 2pm - Book Now
Week Two
Nov 28th - 10am - student matinee - Book Now
Nov 29th - 11am - student matinee (note this school matinee is slightly later) - Book Now
Nov 30th - 7.30pm - Book Now
Dec 1st - 7.30pm - Book Now
Dec 2nd - 2pm - Book Now
              - 7.30pm - Book Now
Dec 3rd - 2pm - Book Now
Week Three
Dec 5th - 11am - student matinee - Book Now - (note this school matinee is slightly later) 
Dec 6th - 10am - student matinee - Book Now
              - 7.30pm - Special Commemorative Evening (includes pre-show reception) - Book Now
Dec 7th - 7.30pm - Book Now
Dec 8th - 7.30pm - Book Now
Dec 9th - 2pm - Book Now
             - 7.30pm - Book Now
Dec 10th - 2pm - Book Now




Some background

Lullaby: Inside The Halifax Explosion is a dramatic & emotive experience that explores little-told stories of the events of Dec 6, 2017.

It is a day that has become synonymous with tales of heroism, survival and of how a community fought against the disaster and the elements. It is a tale of how Canadians emerged from under terrible conditions to help each other.

It is exactly one hundred years after the two ships collided, causing a gigantic and devastating explosion. The story has been told many, many times from a variety of angles.

The play has three diverse characters meeting moments after the explosion and follows them as they comes to terms with, not only the situation they find themselves in, but who they are stranded with.

As the characters share their stories, experiences and history, we the audience experience the tribute to the diverse communities and cultures in Nova Scotia.

Lullaby: Inside The Halifax Explosion is a theatrical event.

It’s a story of survival and growth, of destruction and hope. But, this story is not born of fiction: it happened. It’s historical fact.

This is an important celebration of the diversity and cultural fabric of the country. 

Lullaby: Inside The Halifax Explosion will become the major theatrical commemoration of this event.


Touring NS & The HRM Performances

Lullaby: Inside The Halifax Explosion is not just performing in HRM this Fall.

Eastern Front has partnered with the Neptune Theatre School to have the play performed in high schools across Nova Scotia for four weeks (Sept/Oct), performing FORTY times and reaching at least 12,000 students.

The play will then tour to 10 regional theatres over a two week period, playing at least one performance in each, prior to returning to Halifax for the final leg of the production.

Lullaby: Inside The Halifax Explosion will then be presented from November 23rd to December 10th, 2017 at the Maritime Museum of The Atlantic. We are turning their main gallery into a 150-seat theatre for three weeks.

A cWith such an outreach into the broader Nova Scotia community throughout the year and with the project being so visible in a renowned museum location, we are producing an engaging souvenir booklet.


In partnership with






Introducing The Cast & Director

LISA NASSON as ‘Genevieve’

Lisa is an actor and singer based in Toronto. She studied acting and performance studies at Neptune Theatre’s theatre program in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as well as at George Brown College in Toronto. Various theatre credits include: Offensive Fouls and Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery (Neptune Theatre Young Company Tour), Fatty Legs (Xara Choral Theatre), In Care and Aluasa’sit(Native Earth Performing Arts’ Weesageecheck Festival), and Spirit Horse (Roseneath Theatre), and Munschtime! (Young People's Theatre). Lisa has also written solo pieces of theatre such as KALE, which she performed in Halifax's SOLOICIOUS Festival. Lisa has most recently started performing stand-up comedy in Toronto.

TROY ADAMS as ‘Edward’

I am beyond excited to be a part of Lullaby—Inside the Halifax Explosion.
“Lullaby” feels personal to me for many reasons, but largely because it gives voice to two communities that were greatly affected by the Halifax Explosion, but with little to no focus in previous depictions.
I grew up in North-End Halifax, in the housing project known as Mulgrave Park. The community was built to house the families that were dislocated after their land and homes, in Africville, were destroyed by the city of Halifax. 
In the traditional African and Mi’kmaq way, stories of my people were passed down orally. As a Black, and Mi’kmaq Nova Scotian, my childhood was filled with stories about Africville and Turtle Grove. These stories continue to make me thirsty for knowledge regarding my Ancestors. 
Add to that, that this year marks the 100th anniversary of this tragic part of Nova Scotian history, there was no question in my mind that I had to be involved. So when Eastern Front Theatre approached me about this project, my answer was obvious.
Now. Last year, you may have seen me being an Ass in Neptune Theatre’s production of Shrek the Musical (I played Donkey.) Other recent credits include Angels in America (Belise) Soulpepper Theatre, The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (Featured vocalist) Centaur Theatre / National Arts Center, The Manhattan Concert Series (Featured vocalist ) Soulpepper Theare.


A professional actor for over 30 years and two-time Merritt award winner, Mauralea has worked with Neptune Theatre, Mulgrave Road Theatre, Festival Antigonish, Live Bait, Angels and Heroes and on a number of Fringe productions. She is a co-founder of LunaSea Theatre, appearing in “Estate”, “Top Girls”, “Woman and Scarecrow”, “To Capture Light”, “Talking Heads”, “Girl in a Goldfish Bowl”, “Perfect Pie” and taking on the directing helm of “The Monument”. She’s an acting teacher and coach and keeps it all in balance as a Yoga instructor and practitioner. It’s a pleasure to work with Eastern Front Theatre and a wonderful team to bring to life this vibrant piece of Nova Scotian history. And a special thanks to my wee grand-daughters, Larkin, Kestrel and Sage who teach me the joys of belly-flopping and stone gathering. 

Koumbie – Director

Koumbie is an actor, writer, and director based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In front of the camera she has appeared in a number of local productions with reoccurring roles on shows including YTV's Aquateam, CBC's Mr. D, and season 3 of Outtv's Sex & Violence. Since going behind the camera, Koumbie has directed a number of short films, including the award-winning Hustle & Heart, a 1k wave feature, Ariyah & Tristan's Inevitable Break-Up, and an episode ofStudio Black S2 which will air on CBC in 2017.


Karen Bassett – Playwright

Karen is a Halifax based theatre artist. She has performed, taught. and fight directed throughout Canada, and across the globe from Iran and the Fijian Islands. Her last play, Heroine, has been produced multiple times in Canada.

Karen lives in Halifax’s North End, formerly known as “Richmond”, which was decimated in the Halifax explosion. She has had the privilege of raising her three children there in a connected, diverse, and peaceful community.  She dedicates this play to the hundreds of children from this neighbourhood and across the harbour, who were not as fortunate, and lost their lives in the explosion, the unrecognized tiny casualties of the Great War.


Katrin Whitehead – Set Designer

Lullaby is Katrin’s first work with Eastern Front; other recent projects in Halifax include sets for The Donahue Sisters for Luna Sea at The Waiting Room, and for several Opera Nova Scotia productions; set & costumes for Orlando at the Fountain School of Performing Arts; costumes for Where Poppies Blow with Halifax Theatre for Young People at Pier 21; and stepping in as lecturer in design at The Fountain School through the 2015-2016 academic year.

Katrin is weirded-out by third-person autobiographical statements, and pathologically uncomfortable being photographed; bios are a torment! I hope you are moved by the show, and that, with your imaginative collaboration, these piles of debris are multiplied into a landscape of utter devastation like the one that descended so suddenly around the residents of this city 100 years ago.


Steven Naylor – Composer/Sound Design

Steven Naylor creates original scores and sound designs for concert performance, theatre, film, and broadcast media. His scores for Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia have now played to live audiences of over 5 million in 15 countries. His concert music—available on empreintes DIGITALes (surround electroacoustic) and Centrediscs (instrumental)—has received multiple ECMA award nominations. Steven completed the PhD in musical composition at the University of Birmingham, UK. He lives with his family near Halifax, NS. Further information: http://sonicart.ca


Ingrid Risk – Lighting Design (Halifax performance run)

Ingrid is a Lighting Designer and Stage Manager, based in Antigonish Nova Scotia.  She has spent many years touring across Canada and has received two Merritt Awards for her work. Recent design credits include: Snake in the Grass (Neptune Theatre), Small Things (Neptune/Mulgrave Road), The Donahue Sisters (LunaSea Theatre), Speaking in Tongues (DMV), Watching Glory Die (Mulgrave Road Theatre).  Ingrid is thrilled to be bringing light to Karen Bassett’s Lullaby: Inside the Halifax Explosion.


Helena Marriott – Costume Design

Helena is a graduate of the Dalhousie Costume Studies Program and has been costuming shows for over 30 years.  From Stitcher, Pattern Drafter, Supervisor to Designer.

Working primarily in Nova Scotia, the Theatre and Film industries have kept her busy. Helena has worked on over 250 productions for Neptune Theatre, is Designing for the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, and has had the fun of working on such TV shows as CodCo, Lexx, Pit Pony and Blackfly (to name a few).

Helena is thrilled to be working on Lullaby with such an amazing team - telling Nova Scotia stories.  Thanks and love to Robert Doyle, for everything he taught me.


Kate Redding - Stage Manager

Kate is so excited to be a member of this team, and is looking forward to being part of sharing this story. Selected credits include, SM: Peter Pan, Julius Caesar, I Am My Own Wife, Pinocchio, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antony & Cleopatra (SBTS), The Donahue Sisters (LunaSea), The West Woods (MRT), Creepy and Little Manson (EFT), Shakespeare on Trail (OTL/WillPower), Where Poppies Blow, David for Queen, In This World (HTYP), Diligent River Daughter (Ship's). ASM- RED (Neptune), Woman and Scarecrow (LunaSea). Big love to the cheerleading squad!


Olivia McGinn - Apprentice Stage Manager

Olivia McGinn moved from B.C. to Halifax nearly a decade ago. She received her B.A. in Technical Scenography from Dalhousie University, and has since been working in theatres all over Nova Scotia. She is so happy to be a part of this team and to be bringing this production to audiences around the province.

Select Stage Management credits include: Tyrant - Villain's Theatre,  Martha - Festival Antigonish, The West Woods – (ASM) Mulgrave Road Theatre, The Songs of the RatPack – Neptune Studio, Heathers: The Musical – WhaleSong Theatre, The Advent Show 2015-17 – Spatz Theatre, Seminar – Kick at the Dark Theatre, A Christmas Story – (ASM) Neptune Theatre, Stop Kiss, Cartography, Dark Matter & Story of a Sinking Man – Atlantic Fringe Festival


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