In October 2013, Scott Jones was leaving a bar in New Glasgow Nova Scotia when he was attacked, stabbed in the back, and left paralyzed from the waist down. In the months following, his story garnered international attention, not only for its brutality, but also for Scott’s uncommonly early decision to forgive his attacker.
I Forgive You marries Scott’s own words with a live children’s choir performing the music of legendary Icelandic band Sigur Rós, to tell a story of trauma, recovery, and the complicated path of forgiveness.
National Arts Centre
March 1 – 11, 2023
Written by Scott Jones and Robert Chafe
Dramaturgy by Sarah Garton Stanley
Directed by Jillian Keiley
Featuring Nathan Carroll, Jeff Ho, and Scott Jones
Music by Sigur Ros
Music adapted and arranged by Ingi Garðar Erlendsson
Musically Directed by Kellie Walsh
Choreography by Christopher House
Lighting Design by Bonnie Beecher
Set and Costume Design by Alison Kate Helmer
Sound Design by Don Ellis
I Forgive You is being developed with the assistance of the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund, Nordic Bridges, and Canadian Stage.
Official Transportation Partner of Nordic Bridges
Please be advised that this production comes with the following trigger warnings:
– Brief sexual content (referenced)
– References to death/murder
– Detailed descriptions of physical violence
– Detailed descriptions of medical trauma, medical procedures, and bodily fluids
– References to drinking and other substance use
– Strong language
Please also note that there will be special effect haze used in this production.
Although children are involved in this production, they have been specifically counselled and Artistic Fraud has worked with them and their parents to absorb the content of the show.
The production is not for young audiences.