The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble
Date: July 2, 2024
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: The Chilliwack Cultural Centre
9201 Corbould St., Chilliwack BC
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The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble was judged the Outstanding Production at the Theatre BC Fraser Valley Zone Theatre Festival in May 2024. As such it will be performed on July 2 at the Chilliwak Cultural Centre as part of MAINSTAGE 2024, the annual Theatre BC Provincial Festival.

The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble is about the tricky nature of family dynamics, and the effects of mental illness seen through the eyes of a young woman who’s searching for her own feelings amidst the whirlwind emotions of her family.

Iris Trimble is trying to hold it all together. She may very well fly off the face of the earth if she doesn’t hang on to the kitchen counter. At least that’s how she feels after her mother, Bernice, a lively, recently widowed fifty-five-year-old breaks the news that she has early onset Alzheimer’s. In an effort to cope with the stress, Iris makes her mother’s famous Everything-That-Is-Bad-For-You casserole, a childhood favourite. Her siblings, on the other hand, are on opposite sides of the spectrum: Sara, the eldest, irately calls for a second opinion, while Peter, the youngest, seems completely unfazed. As for Bernice, she’s still as vivacious as ever, always up for a good laugh, and, most of all, ready to finally put herself first.

About The PlayCastCreative TeamProduction TeamBehind the Scenes & Zone FestivalPerformance PhotosAwards

The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble is presented by special arrangements with Playwrights Canada Press

Iris  – Krysandra Wilson
Bernice  – Mary Ellen Shimell
Sarah  – Jennifer Stevens
Peter  – Charlie Honeyman

Director –  T.J. MacPherson
Producer – Debra Archer
Stage Manager – Trisha Knight-Good
Lighting Designer/Operator – Clint Hames
Costume Designer – Barb Funk
Sound Designer/Operator – Raymond Hatton

Assistant Stage Manager – Liz Bunden
Properties –
Joanne Jones, Debra Archer, T. J. MacPherson
Set Design & Construction – Rick Funk, Bob Audet, Graham Archer, Ken Watson, John Pronger
Set Decoration – Debra Archer,Graham Archer
Public Relations – Debra Archer, CPG PR Committee
Photographer – Ian Meissner
– Graham Archer
Lobby Display – Debra Archer
Programs – Graham Archer

Fraser Valley Zone Festival, Langley Playhouse

Outstanding Production
Outstanding Female Actor (Krysandra Wilson);
Outstanding Set Design (Graham Archer)
Outstanding Set Decoration (Graham Archer)
Outstanding Props (Debra Archer, T. J. MacPherson)