Resounding Theatre Scream and Alley Theatre present Marrow
Resounding Theatre Scream and Alley Theatre present Marrow

In Marrow, two estranged sisters – a witchcraft historian and a bulimia survivor – delve into their conflicted past. Fiercely divided, they attempt to reconcile their differences. But a secret connects them in a way they never imagined.

Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive

1. Tell us about your show.

Simply, our show is about the struggle two women experience in finding themselves. Their individual battles with eating disorders have broken the bond they share as sisters. The audience gets to see them try and get that back. We wanted to share the raw, ugly, and unforgiving side of eating disorders, how they relate to mental illness, and their relationship to the world of witchcraft. All of this is stems from the real life experiences that playwright, Veronique West, and her twin sister lived through while battling eating disorders themselves.

2. Why should someone come see your show?

Marrow aims to challenge its audience and provoke conversation around eating disorders and mental illness – subjects that are generally considered taboo. Relationships between women are so fragile while, at the same time, being incredibly volatile and relentless. Marrow stares that right in the face asking the audience to do the same.

3. If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?

Storm – unpredictable and furiously female. She carries a mutation that allows her to genetically develop her own super powers. She is deeply rooted in the earth conjuring weather systems that aim to destroy while at the same time, clearing the sky and allowing the light so shine through. She is sensitive to the dynamics of the natural world but needs to be careful as it can sometimes be difficult to harness her emotions. Storm speaks to the rawness of the characters in the show and her powers connect directly to the witchcraft undertones in Marrow.

4. If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, besides your own, what show would that be?

We are very interested by the shows featured in the Dramatic Work Series. And Bella Sang With Us by And Bella Collective is female-centric with an historic bent; strong ladies in powerful positions working to find themselves. Very intriguing.

The 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 8-18 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit for tickets and information.