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Nelson performer brings life-changing event to the stage

By Contributor
March 21st, 2023

Veteran musician and actor Pat Henman brings her story to the stage this spring in several Kootenay communities, and audiences will come away with a new understanding of trauma, courage, and survival.

Beyond the Legal Limit, performed by Henman with special guests, pianist Robyn Lamb and Vocalist Rachel DeShon, comes to Taghum Hall on Thursday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Life changed for performer and singer Pat Henman on a sunny Sunday afternoon in June 2013 when, driving home from Calgary with her 19-year-old daughter Maia, they were struck head-on by a drunk driver.

Although both survived, their physical injuries and the emotional toll on their well-being and that of their family inspired Henman to write a memoir, Beyond the legal Limit: Surviving a Collision with a Drunk Driver that was published by Caitlin Press in 2021. Now, Henman takes the story to the stage.

Part story-telling, part concert, Henman tells the story of trauma and recovery in this unique and passionate one-act drama with music, adapted by Canadian playwright and Genie Award nominee Kelly Rebar, featuring original music by Canadian musician/composer Konrad Pluta, and directed by acclaimed theatre director, writer, and performer Tracey Power.

“Creating this project was a personal challenge and a triumph, especially during a global pandemic,” says Henman.

“The creative team that is the backbone of this show met each challenge head on. Through zoom, email, and finally in person, I have had the privilege to collaborate with some of Canada’s finest talent. I am so grateful to be finally sharing it live with communities throughout our region.”

Henman is a veteran of Canadian theatre as actor, singer and director, with radio, television and film credits spanning a 40-year career in the performing arts. Kootenay audiences have enjoyed the many stage productions she has directed, most recently Mama Mia!, and her unforgettable performances in plays such as Steel Magnolias and The Gin Game.

In addition to the Taghum Hall performance, Beyond the Legal Limit plays in Kaslo on March 30; Golden on April 1; Calgary on April 8; and in Creston on April 14. Ticket information can be found at For the Taghum Hall event, go to or drop in at Otter Books or Taghum Shell.

Beyond the Legal Limit was created with support from the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, the Echo Vocal Arts Alliance, the Nelson Civic Theatre Artist in Residence Program, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Photo Caption: Pat Henman in the stage adaptation of her memoir Beyond the Legal Limit, which explores the aftermath of a crash with a drunk driver.  — Photo by Electrify Photography

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