Richmond’s Gateway Theatre concludes its season with a production of Annabel Soutar’s newest play, The Watershed (Apr 6-15). A timely tale of one of our country’s most precious resources, here are five reasons we think you should go:

1Documentary Theatre

Soutar specializes in documentary theatre where she has previously explored such contemporary issues as the high-tech industry, the health care system in Quebec, and the 2006 collapse of the De la Concorde overpass in Montreal that left five people dead.


Soutar gained national acclaim in 2012 for her play Seeds, a re-enactment of the legal battle between Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser and Monsanto Inc.

3Family Road Trip

The Watershed follows Annabel, her actor husband, her daughters, and an unruly dog as they travel the country in a Winnebago in search of answers as to why the federal government has chosen to close the Experimental Lakes Area in Ontario’s Kenora district, a major funded freshwater research station, without any public input. What starts as a lesson about the value of water in the wake of a home plumbing incident quickly morphs into an exploration of whether Canada can enjoy both economic prosperity and ecological sustainability.

4Complex Ideas

Offering a nuanced perspective on very complex issues, Soutar ultimately leaves it up to the audience to decide what course of action is best.

5Eric Peterson

Canadian stage and television actor Eric Peterson returns to Vancouver to perform in the play. Peterson was last seen in Vancouver as Percy Schmeiser when Seeds played the 2014 PuSh Festival.