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Hilda's Yard

Hilda's Yard

By Norm Foster
Subjects: Community Theatre Picks, Large Cast, Family Life, Comedy, Atlantic Playwrights, New Brunswick
Casting: 3 f, 3 m
Duration: 120 hours
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9781770919662, 120 pages, March 2019
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770919679, 250 pages, March 2019
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770919686, 250 pages, March 2019


Lemonade is for people who use the front door.

It’s an exciting summer day in 1956 for Hilda and Sam Fluck. Newly on their own since their thirtysomething children Gary and Janey moved out, they are finally ready to relax. Hilda plans to hang her laundry while Sam goes to buy a shiny new television. What could disturb their simple peace?

Turns out doors are merely decoration as Gary and Janey literally fall over the fence into the backyard, looking for help out of sticky situations. Gary has lost his job, is enamoured with his new girlfriend, Bobbi, and running from a bookie named Beverly, while the ever-dependent Janey has unexpectedly left her husband. The family careens into an afternoon of calamity, showing them that ultimately they must celebrate how they can be together rather than apart.

Norm Foster’s heartwarming and relatable family comedy proves that there will always be a significant weight to an empty nest.


"Norm Foster has a gift for comedy but in his work Hilda's Yard the Canadian playwright also delves into the complexity of relationships—particularly within families. It's comedy with a message." 

- Valerie Hill, Waterloo Region Record

"Hilda's Yard hits home with laughter, insight and nostalgia to boot." 

- Marie Male, Wellington Advertiser