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The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble

The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble

By Beth Graham
Subjects: Family Life, Siblings, Death, Grief & Loss, Community Theatre Picks, Women Writers, Western Playwrights, Alberta, Award Winners
Casting: 3 f, 1 m
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9781770913301, 112 pages, March 2015
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770913325, 112 pages, March 2015
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770913318, 112 pages, March 2015

Description

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.

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.

Reviews

"Exceptionally well written. The storytelling is intense, poignant, and exceptionally nuanced." —Winna Tse, Charlebois Post

"Honest, revealing and darkly funny." —BroadwayWorld