Armistice ’18 – Canada’s largest commemoration of the centennial of the End of the First World War.
Including: Music, Art, Speakers, Film, Exhibits & Theatre
Ten years after the end of the First World War, Cobourg’s historic Victoria Hall Courtroom, modeled after London’s Old Bailey, was the scene of a sensational trial that has been called “the last battle of the Great War.” The case was a libel suit brought by Sir Arthur Currie, the general who had led the Canadian Corps to victory in 1918. The cause of his grievance was a front-page article in a Port Hope newspaper which claimed that Currie had needlessly wasted Canadian lives in the capture of Mons on the last day of the war. The trial placed Canada’s entire role in the Great War under a spotlight and kept the country riveted for weeks.
The Centrepiece – Last Day, Last Hour: Canada’s Great War On Trial, a new play by Hugh Brewster, recreates the charged atmosphere of this epic trial. Presented in the historic courtroom in which it all took place, the play is directed by Michael Khashmanian of the Beech Street Theatre and produced by the local theatre company the Northumberland Players. It will run from October 18 – November 11 (Thursdays through Sundays) in the Old Bailey, Victoria Hall, 55 King St W., Cobourg.