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>>> Past Production - The Raymur Mothers

Part of the 2014 Heart of the City Festival

October 29th - November 9th 2014
The Russian Hall - 600 Campbell Ave. - 8:00PM

The Raymur Mothers - They Wouldn't Take No for an Answer is an original full-length musical from Bob Sarti and Bill Sample, directed by Jay Hamburger, and is the third installment in our Untold Stories of Vancouver series. This original work is based on landmark events that occurred in Vancouver's Strathcona neighbourhood in the 1970's and focuses on community empowerment through its 14 rousing songs and historic content.

The play explores the experiences young women, single mothers in Vancouver in the 1970's standing up to overpowering corporations and defending their personal dignity. The single mothers in the Raymur Place Social Housing Project are active participants and non-violent demonstrators whose actions end in positive resolution and community building. The main movement of the plot involves a focus on the mother's efforts to have a pedestrian overpass built over railroad tracks in order for their children to get safely to school.

Featuring a talented cast including:

Danielle St. Pierre
Karyn Mott
Julia MacLean
Aadin Church
Karita Sedun
Alex Strong
Toby Verchere
Graham Verchere
Ezra Manson

with 14 original compositions performed live by Bill Sample, Laurence Mollerup, and Cameron Wilson

Also featuring the choreography of Anna Kuman

*Winner of the 2014 Ovation award for "Best New Work" from Applause Musicals! Way to go Bob & Bill.

Photos by Colin Beiers (2014)

Some of the cast and crew of The Raymur Mothers musical with some of the original 'Militant Mothers of Raymur' and their children.
murray bush - flux photo (2014)

We acknowledge for of the following organizations as well as our generous individual donors in seeing the many stages of this project to fruition:

Part of the 2014 Heart of the City Festival

>>> An insightful video from BlackStrathcona discussing the events that inspire The Raymur Mothers musical

Checkout www.blackstrathcona.com for more of their 'virtual tour' videos on important people, places, and events from Vancouver's Black history. Thank you to the Creative Cultural Collaboration Society and Vancouver Moving Theatre for putting that project together.

Gordon Sedawie (c. 1971)

We thank Joyce Woods for permission to use her drawing inspired by the "militant mothers of Raymur" which originally appeared in Open Roads magazine c. 1983.

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