The Cultch Presents:


WHEN: October 4-15, 2016

Preview: October 4, 8pm

Opening Night: October 5, 8pm

Performance Times: October 6-8 & 11-15, 8pm Matinees: October 9 & 15, 2pm

WHERE: THE HISTORIC THEATRE 1895 Venables Street in Vancouver, BC

TICKETS: Tickets from $20

On sale now at The Cultch’s Box Office, by phone at 604.251.1363, or online at

ADDED VALUE: Enjoy a post-show Q&A on October 6, 11, & 12 at 8pm; October 9 at 2pm (Vancouver, BC) – After a wildly successful 2015 run, Motherload returns to The Cultch from

Tuesday, October 4 to Saturday, October 15, 2016

This newer, more polished version of Motherload features performances by Emelia Symington Fedy, Jody-Kay Marklew, Toronto’s Gillian Bennett, and a return to the stage by Una Memisevic.

Created collectively by four prominent Canadian theatre artists and mothers (Emelia Symington Fedy, Jody-Kay Marklew, Juno Rinaldi, and Sonja Bennett), Motherload is a dark comedy about contemporary parenting. From conversations overheard on the playground and at ‘parent-friendly’ cafés, to surreptitious iPhone videos taken of their children, to dealing with the loss of their own mothers, these four women bare their personal stories about what it takes to be a member of the world’s biggest club – and all the perfection and imperfection that comes along with that membership.

As each of these mothers shares their journey, they hope to lighten the collective load. “Motherload is an intimate gift.” – The Georgia Straight

“Motherload delves deep into motherhood, the intimate, personal and candid stories of four mothers sharing personal photos and videos combined with raw emotion, and unfiltered truth will leave you feeling connected in one way or another.” – Urban Baby and Toddler Magazine

Motherload is created by:

Emelia Symington Fedy, Jody-Kay Marklew, Juno Rinaldi, & Sonja Bennett

Performers: Emelia Symington Fedy, Jody-Kay Marklew, Una Memisevic, & Gillian Bennett Dramaturge: Camille Gingras

Stage Manager: Kelly Barker

Lighting Design & Technical Direction: Jonathan Ryder/Jaylene Pratt

Sound & Projection Design: Candelario Andrade Props: Christie Watson

About The Cultch:

Now in its 43rd season, The Cultch has been one of Vancouver’s most diverse and innovative arts and cultural institutions, offering dynamic programming in contemporary theatre, dance, and music by local, national, and international artists. Today, The Cultch continues to enrich the social and cultural life of Vancouver by bringing world-class cultural presentations to the public, supporting the growth of emerging artists and companies, and facilitating dialogue between groups in the Lower Mainland, especially within our local community of East Vancouver.

The Cultch is so much more than just a theatre in the physical sense – our organization is looked upon as one of the foremost performing arts presenters in the country. Widely recognized as an innovator and leader, we have played an integral role in the development of British Columbia’s artistic landscape.