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These Shining Lives

By Melanie Marnich

10-12, 16-19 Jan 2019 at 7.30pm

Matinée 19 January at 2.30pm

Set in 1920s Illinois, Catherine Donohue is excited to get a job at Radium Dial. The task is simple enough - she and her colleagues are to paint watch dials using a radium compound which glows in the dark.

When their hands begin to glow too and their health deteriorates, they articulate their concerns but are subsequently ignored, shamed and eventually dismissed. Taking the company to court, Catherine’s empowering and heart-breaking fight for her rights offers us a potent reminder of the need to protect workers from exploitation.

Inspired by a true story, at times choral, at times docudrama in style, the camaraderie and spirit of the women shines with energy and verve.

Cast :

Catherine: Michelle Moore

Charlotte: Fiona MacPherson

Frances: Megan-Alice Reilly

Pearl: Laura Dean

Tom: Benjamin Turner

Mr Reed: Andrew Howard


Director: Jess Hutchings

Stage Manager: Emma Kirkham

Assist. Stage Manager: Moira Hickson

Sound/Lighting Design: Karl Hartland

Set Design: Phil Williamson/Jess Hutchings

Set Build and Construction: Ben Sheridan

Costume: June Gentle

Photography: Sean Owen