Barbara Ellison in Mrs. Barbour's Daughters. Photo by Nancy Caldwell.
Barbara Ellison in Mrs. Barbour's Daughters. Photo by Nancy Caldwell.

Mary is facing eviction and is beset by memories of life in a family which for 100 years has been influenced, for good and bad, by Mrs. Barbour.

Mrs. Barbour’s Daughters
Vancity Culture Lab, 1895 Venables Street

[dropcap]1[/dropcap]Tell us about your show.

The sole remaining occupant of a building due for demolition, Mary is standing her ground … or rather sitting. Marooned in her armchair, dependent on her niece-cum-carer Joan, Mary is beset by memories of life in a family which for 100 years has been influenced, for good and bad, by Mrs.Barbour, leader of a rent strike in 1915.

Mary, her sister Grace and her daughter Joan, are all affected by Mrs. Barbour: she lives in their minds and in the songs that they know and the stories that have been told to them and that they tell to each other.  As Mary faces eviction, we see the women try to find sisterhood and a way to live together despite past betrayals and extreme differences stemming from the legacy of Mrs. Barbour.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap]Why should someone come see your show?

We couldn’t have picked a more relevant play for Vancouver today if we’d tried. There’s a feisty old lady facing eviction, it tells of how women won a battle against rent hikes and evictions (being so successful the resulting law was in place for 60 years), there’s rebel songs, not to mention the trials of sisterhood.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap]If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?

Wonder Woman.  Not only is it a feminist show but there’s a lot of fighting for justice going on … and of course winning!

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

Sally Stubbs’ And Bella Sang with Us, also at the Culture Lab.

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