Play looks at war hero

The Cannery Stage, normally the home of Many Hats Theatre Company productions, will host the multi-award winning play, Padre X.

The Cannery Stage, normally the home of Many Hats Theatre Company productions,  will host five performances of the multi-award winning play, Padre X.

Padre X is the amazing true story of John Weir Foote, the only Canadian Army chaplain to win the Victoria Cross for valour during World War II.

The play begins in 1948 at a train station in Ontario. While waiting for a delayed train, Foote recalls his years in the army, his experiences at Dieppe, and the three years he spent as a prisoner of war.

This is a remarkable story of an extraordinary man.

Padre X has been a hit on the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit and has received awards for Best of the Fest (Winnipeg 2010) and Outstanding Drama (Ottawa 2011.) Padre X was also nominated by the Manitoba Association of Playwrights as best new Manitoba play in 2010.

Padre X is written and performed by Marc Moir.

The Winnipeg Free Press stated “Moir’s tearful, silent salute at the end of the story may be the single most striking moment of acting you’ll see this year.”

Padre X will be live on The Cannery Stage, in The Cannery Trade Centre, 1475 Fairview Road, Penticton  May 10, 11 and 12. Curtain is 8 p.m. each day with a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday May 12 and Sunday, May 13.

Tickets may be purchased at the Opus Cafe Bistro 301-1475 Fairview Road right next door to the theatre.

Ticket includes a 10 per cent off coupon for pre-theatre lunch or dinner at Opus. For reservations call 778-476-5856.