“Chicago, the roaring 20s. A carefree time... or was it?
“Catherine is overjoyed to begin her first ever job – working with a sparkling group of women for the Radium Dial Company. Independent, happy, fulfilled. But as she masters her craft she finds herself swept up on a much more dangerous adventure.
“Written with heart-breaking lyricism, the tale unfolds amidst the most tender of love stories as Catherine finds herself an unlikely pioneer of women’s rights. A powerful play about love, friendship and determination.” from the Park Theatre website
“Catherine is elated to be starting a new job painting 100+ watches a day at 8 cents a watch. Time is her friend? Or is it? ... The critically acclaimed and Jeff Award nominated These Shining Lives... is the true story of four of the many women who work at the Radium Dial Company in Ottawa, Illinois in the 1920s. Unaware of the risk, these workers paint the glow-in-the-dark faces on watches utilizing radium. Women are voting, smoking in public and joining the workforce. Having a well-paying job in a challenging economy brings independence and validation. They start as a work clique with mindless chatter to fill up the workday. ‘Gossip is the devil’s radio,’ proclaims Frances. ‘It’s my favorite station,’ quips Charlotte. …” But still, “something isn’t quite right…” – from Chicago Theatre Beat
“What sets [the story] apart is Marnich’s ability to flesh out these women as proud, idiosyncratic and funny individuals. ‘These Shining Lives’ hits us in the gut with its sense of immediacy, outrage and ultimate hopefulness that doing the right thing will always pay off for somebody down the line. ... Marnich’s play pays intelligent and loving tribute to the vitality of the “radium girls”. – from Chicago Tribune
Directed by Loveday Ingram (West End, RSC, Chichester, Barbican and Gate Theatre, Dublin).
Please pick and buy your own ticket, on the Park Theatre website, or at the box office in person.
I would be grateful if all members can contribute £1 on arrival on the evening (to help defray the approx. £100 per annum that Meetup charges to run a group) – thanks very much in advance.
My plan is to stay on for a drink or a coffee after the screening at the theatre bar – anyone who would like is welcome to join me.