150 years ago, Charles and Betsy Cooney settled at the confluence of the
Tranquille Creek, Thompson River, and Kamloops Lake with their two-week- old
daughter Kathrine. Over the years this ranching couple became local legends as
their fruit and produce won prizes in Europe, their horse herd grew to become
Canada’s largest, and they expanded their ranch west 30 kilometers to the end of
In 1922, 5 years after the death of Charles, the provincial government threatened
her with poverty and forced Betsy Cooney to sell her beloved ranch to them at a
fraction of what the property was worth. The Witness unfolds the story of how
family members and staff at the King Edward Sanatorium came together after the
death of Betsy in 1942, to discover what really had happened between Betsy and
the devilish government carpet baggers.
This true story has been researched and written by Chimera Theatre. Theatre
goers can expect an entertaining and interactive theatre experience as The
Witness is presented amongst the fabled buildings and tunnel system of
Private group bookings available on Wednesday evenings in September and October 2017, minimum group size, 20 people.
Contact us at 250 574 7474 to book a private Tunnel Theatre Tour.
Tunnel goers must be able to navigate stairs. The tunnel will be minimally lit.