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Motherload Collective (Vancouver)

 Feb 3 – 21, 2015

Historic Theatre

Eligible for 14/15 Cultch subscription packages.

Feb 3-7,10-14, 17-21: 8PM
Feb 7, 8*, 14*, 15, 21: 2PM
*= Babes in Arms performance. Parents: enjoy Babes in Arms matinees on Feb 8 and 14 (bring your children 2 and under).
Post-show talkbacks: Feb 5, 8, 10, 15, 17
Preview: Feb 3
Opening Night: Feb 4

Running time: 90 min., no intermission

MotherloadAn intimate account of parenting in the modern age, four prominent Canadian theatre artists and mothers bare their personal stories about what it takes to be a member of the world’s biggest club. Drawing on candid playground conversations and parent-friendly coffee shop confessions, the moms take on isolation, “competitive mommying,” and poop. Sharing their stories of the beautiful and sometimes brutal metamorphosis into parenthood, Motherload hopes to lighten the collective load!

Created and performed by Emelia Symington Fedy, Jody-Kay Marklew, Juno Rinaldi, and Sonja Bennett
Dramaturgy by Camille Gingras
Directed and choreographed by Courtenay Dobbie
Produced by Emelia Symington Fedy

Warning: Show contains mature content and strong language

Motherload is an intimate gift” – The Georgia Straight

Funny, incredibly moving… raw and honest” – yoyomama

Personal photos and videos combined with raw emotion, and unfiltered truth will leave you feeling connected … I laughed (a lot), I cried, and I saw a lot of myself as a mother reflected throughout the show” – Urbanbaby & Toddler Magazine

This social media generation are able to do something that the similarly themed Mom’s The Word was not able to do 15 years ago, as we not only hear the stories but we also get to see the pictures and videos that will make you either squeal with laughter or sigh in recognition” – Vancouver Presents

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What People are Saying

If you're a parent or thinking of becoming one, go...

If you’re a parent or thinking of becoming one, go see this show! The writing, the acting (which couldn’t have been easy!), the audiovisuals, the directing – all fantastic! Funny and moving, sad and uplifting. There’s an honesty and a rawness in the autobiographical stories that reveal so much of the complex and contradictory and painful and joyful facets of parenting, in which no doubt every mother in the audience can recognize herself. I wanted to get up on stage and share my story too! It was such a pleasure to see a celebration and not just a lamenting of the fact that becoming a parent changes you!! Of course it changes you! And, as the blurb above says, it’s a metamorphosis both brutal and beautiful. YOU ARE A GOOD MOM! Thank you. So are you!

-- Jackie
Truly beautiful! Wickedly funny, brutally honest, ...

Truly beautiful! Wickedly funny, brutally honest, and heartwrenchingly moving. I laughed out loud, I cried (A LOT), and was deeply touched by these four women’s stories. Kudos to these four brave women.

-- Lisa
Wow!!! What gorgeous story telling. Beautiful, hon...

Wow!!! What gorgeous story telling. Beautiful, honest and mesmerizing work. Please bring it back to The Cultch.

-- Dawn Pemberton

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