Mom’s the Word

“Get ready for the screams, laughter, tears and gasps of recognition… [Mom’s the Word] is funny and brilliantly executed… a theatrical first.” Vancouver Sun

​Victoria, BC...From August 9 - 28, the Belfry Theatre will present an all new production of Mom’s the Word - one of Canada’s greatest theatrical exports - a deeply touching and very funny play about the joys and disasters of modern motherhood.

“The mother of all shows! Mom’s the Word is a great night out – away from the kids.” The Herald Sun, Sydney, Australia

Written in 1993 by Vancouver theatre artists Linda A. Carson, Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol, Barbara Pollard and Deborah Williams, Mom’s the Word has been produced in 19 countries, in 14 languages, delighting anyone who’s ever been or ever had a mother.

This brand new production, directed by Belfry Artistic Director Michael Shamata, stars performer / moms Trish Cooper (Alison), Sarah Donald (Jill), Yumi Ogawa (Linda), Jennifer Paterson (Deborah), and Lisa C. Ravensbergen (Robin).

“A blisteringly funny and perceptive piece of theatre… [a] wickedly funny account of motherhood that nobody should miss…” The Stage, London, UK

Back in 1993, Linda, Jill, Alison, Robin, Barbara and Deborah would get together every Saturday to talk and write about their new lives as mothers. Those Saturdays were cathartic - each woman revealing their hopes and fears and the pandemonium they were experiencing. Vancouver’s Women in View Festival asked the six moms to put together a one-off performance of their writing.

Their unbridled tales of parenting struck a chord and before long they were delighting audiences across Canada. Their first presentation at the Belfry was in 1995 and two years later the show was being produced in Australia, Scotland, Chicago and in London’s West End.

“…a hilarious coup de theatre that you have to see for yourself.” The Daily Mail , London, UK

The moms went on to write a second show, Mom’s the Word: Unhinged, as their children became teenagers, and that too, became a worldwide hit.

The Belfry’s all new production of the original show is the first time in Canada the show has been done with a new cast.

Trish and Yumi are making their Belfry debuts in Mom’s the Word. At the Belfry, Jennifer starred in Homechild, Sarah in One Last Kiss and The Life Inside, and Lisa in the acclaimed production of The Rez Sisters.

Creative Team
Director  Michael Shamata
Assistant Director Deborah Williams
Set & Costume Designer Pam Johnson
Lighting Designer Bryan Kenney
Sound Designer Paul Tedeschini
Movement Coach Jessica Hickman
Stage Manager Jennifer Swan
Assistant Stage Manager Sara Robb

Show Sponsors
Mom’s the Word is generously supported by Mothering Touch and the Belfry Business Circle.

Season Sponsors
The Belfry is generously supported by The Times Colonist, Cook’s Day Off and Helijet.

Public Funders
The Belfry is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of BC, BC Arts Council, CRD Arts Development and the City of Victoria.

Ticket Information
Tickets for Mom’s the Word range from $20 to $59 (plus GST). Tickets are available at 250-385-6815 or online at Prices are subject to change.

Rush Tickets
For our weekday evening performances we offer a limited number of last minute rush tickets at a discount. Rush tickets are:

> available at the Box Office 30 minutes before each evening performance (Tuesday to Friday),
> in person only,
> subject to availability, and
> 40% off our regular Zone 2 (Yellow Section) ticket prices.

Ticket Discounts
High School Students – 50%
University / College / Post Secondary Students – 25%
Seniors – 10%
Members of the Military – 25%
Groups (10 or more) – 10%

Performance Schedule (August 9 - 28, 2016)
Tuesdays - Thursdays at 7:30 pm
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm
Wednesday Matinee at 1 pm (August 24)
Saturday Matinees at 4 pm
Sunday Matinees at 2 pm


Media Contact

Mark Dusseault / Director of Marketing & Communications / Belfry Theatre / 250-385-6835 /


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About Belfry Theatre

The Belfry is a professional not-for-profit theatre company in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. 

We produce contemporary theatre from the international repertoire with an emphasis on new Canadian plays. 

With love, from scratch, and with some of the country's best theatre artists, we build, rehearse and create our plays in our own home, a renovated 19th century church in Fernwood - the city's most interesting neighbourhood. 

Belfry Theatre
1291 Gladstone Avenue
Victoria, BC
V8T 1G5