Past Production - The Raymur Mothers
- November 9th 2014
The Russian Hall - 600 Campbell Ave. - 8:00PM
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.
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
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)
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
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)
Joyce Woods for permission to use her drawing inspired by the "militant
mothers of Raymur" which originally appeared in Open Roads magazine