The Bitterest Time


The War Story of Mona Parsons



Andria Hill-Lehr

Sarah Jane Blenkhorn


September 15 - 16 on the Scotiabank Stage


1920s showgirl. Depression-era nurse. World War Two Resistance member. Mona Parsons was all of these.

Mona, who was born in Middleton and raised in Wolfville, was the only known female Canadian civilian imprisoned in Nazi Germany, and she successfully negotiated her way out of a death sentence to survive the war while giving hope to others who suffered alongside her in prison.

The Bitterest Time: The War Story of Mona Parsons is written by Sarah Jane Blenkhorn and Andria Hill-Lehr, and directed by LunaSea Theatre’s Ryanne Chisholm.

This powerful and evocative piece of theatre transports us back in time with an expertly crafted narrative that introduces us to Mona’s fears, dreams, and the memories that sustain her throughout her imprisonment and escape. Featuring Neptune Theatre favourite Amanda LeBlanc (Once, Anne & Gilbert: The Musical, Rockbound) in the title role.

The Bitterest Time is presented with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage, and the support of the Wolfville Historical Society.


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