Tough Case

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DOI: 10.5040/9781770917200.00000007
Scenes: 8. Roles: Male (4) , Female (3) , Neutral (0)

Sixteen-year-old Dane and his mom have relocated to Nova Scotia hoping to flee an abusive relationship with Dane’s father. In the midst of this, Dane has been getting into trouble with the law. He’s been caught breaking into and vandalizing an elderly woman’s home and is about to be charged with a host of serious offences unless he participates in a court-ordered restorative-justice program. With dreams of joining the military, Dane decides to co-operate so a criminal record won’t follow him. There he meets Nessa, a social worker who grew up in a tough north Halifax housing project and the only person able to connect with Dane. A contemporary story about one teen’s journey through the restorative-justice system, a mother fighting for her son, the scared and angry victims of a senseless crime and the mediator who helps them all come together.