Deb Williams, Patti Allan, Katrina Dunn & Alison Kelly. Photo by David Cooper.
Deb Williams, Patti Allan, Katrina Dunn & Alison Kelly. Photo by David Cooper.

Richmond’s Gateway Theatre opens its 2014/15 season with the new comedy Conversations With My Mother.

After keeling over in her garden, family matriarch Hyacinth still roams the earth, despite the fact that she is very much dead. And while Hyacinth tries to give up her ghost, her grown daughters struggle with their own midlife crises: Lily wants to go back to college despite being thrown a curveball, while workaholic Heather tries to schedule time for baby adoption. Amid the comedy and chaos lurks a distant relative from the other side, pushing their buttons and nudging them to make peace with their lives.

In this week’s #FridayFive, we give you five reasons to take in Conversations With My Mother:

1. Conversations With My Mother is written by Vancouver playwrights Stacey Kaser and Alison Kelly.  Kelly is responsible for the hugely successful Mom’s the Word and many of those involved are also responsible for the follow-up hit Mom’s The Word: Remixed.

2. The award winning cast of Conversations With My Mother include female powerhouses Alison Kelly, Patti Allan and Deborah Williams.

3. Touchstone Theatre Artistic Director Katrina Dunn, who has won the Bra D’Or (Golden Bra) award, by Playwrights Guild of Canada, for promoting the work of women playwrights is directing this all female ensemble.

4. It is a world premiere, developed at Gateway Theatre.

5. Who could resist a ghost named Hyacinth?

Conversations With My Mother  plays Gateway Theatre (6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond) October 9-25. Visit for tickets and information.