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These Shining Lives – at the Park Theatre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“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.

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  • Jane

    Not a memorable play, but competently produced and acted. Park Theatre is a brilliant new space for north London, and a lively conversation afterward with the excellent members of the group.

    May 25, 2013

  • Elena

    Sorry can't make it but would have loved to!

    May 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really excited about this theatre but cannot come tonight - have a great time everyone!

    May 10, 2013

  • Jennifer F.

    Hi!! I've been a member of this group for ages but so-far havent made it to a single meet-up! I'm keen to go to the play tomorrow night- will get a ticket day of the show if I am free and not working. I'd really love to meet other members of the group too-so keen to meet for a drink afterward. Can I just ask where other people ate sitting-as the seats around stalls B5-9 and C17 are taken. Otherwise I'll try to get a seat close to others in the group as possible. Hope I can make it!

    May 9, 2013

    • Jane

      Hi Jennifer, I sent a message yesterday to all attendees with details; I'll send it to you too. If you think you may come to an event (even if it's not certain), please RSVP to be kept in the loop and just mention it's only tentative. That way you'll get all the details when you need them. Hope you can make it too! Regards

      May 10, 2013

  • Lisa

    I can't make that date unfortunately.

    May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Jane, I'm down for 2 guests but another 2 friends have booked to come too, so we're in B5 to B9.

    May 1, 2013

  • Jane

    I'm booked in Stalls seat C17

    May 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to supporting culture in my neighbourhood - at last!

    April 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds good but... Out of Town

    April 29, 2013

    • Jane

      Sorry to miss you Ed - hopefully another time

      April 30, 2013

  • Nicole

    I'm just waiting to find out if I'm free that night.

    April 29, 2013

    • Jane

      Hope you can make it!

      April 29, 2013

  • stephen

    Sorry but I will be in Scotland

    April 29, 2013

    • Jane

      Oh no, sorry Stephen...

      April 29, 2013

  • Gabriela

    Oh what a shame, in theatre that evening.

    April 29, 2013

    • Jane

      Sorry to miss you Gabriela...

      April 29, 2013

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