These Shining Lives

By Melanie Marnich


10-12, 16-19 January 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.