With Glowing Hearts: How Ordinary Women Worked Together to Change the World (And Did)

Written by Jennifer Wynne Webber
Directed by David Mann
VIU's Malaspina Theatre
Wed. to Sat. April 11 -14 at 7:30pm
Sat. April 14 at 2pm
Tickets $29 | $15 students


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Saskatoon production of With Glowing Hearts

Originally produced for the Saskatoon Fringe where it won “Best of the Fest”, TheatreOne is pleased to present the world premiere of the all new full length version of the play. The BC cast stars:

Tamara McCarthy as Kay Carson

Michelle Lieffertz as Dorothy MacFarlane

Amber Landry as Pavla “Poppy” Chytuk

Linda Pollard as Cecile Gauthier

This April 11-14, Nanaimo audiences are invited to the BC premiere production of With Glowing Hearts: How Ordinary Women Worked Together to Change the World (And Did) written by Jennifer Wynne Webber, and directed by TheatreOne’s Artistic Director David Mann, an important and timely play about Canada’s labour history.

With Glowing Hearts is the true story of a group of Canadian hard rock miners’ wives who came together in 1941 to stand up for better conditions for their families and who ended up changing the world – and themselves. Set in both the harsh winter of 1941-42 and the unfolding present moment with the audience, the play follows the “Kirkland Lake gals of 1941” as they relive and discover anew just what sparked and then galvanized their social action as stalwart members of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers’ Union – Ladies Auxiliary. Through the journey of this play, the four protagonists come to better understand just who they are, the depth and breadth of what they achieved, and how they can carry their legacy forward – especially with the help of the audiences who see this original production.

The role women have played in Canada’s labour movement is largely untold, though their work is both significant and relevant to people across Canada. First of all, their efforts have led to profound social and legislative changes, including to some important labour laws. Chapter of the Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers’ Unions were active right across Canada, including here on Vancouver Island. This play has particular impact and resonance for communities like Nanaimo, which was founded on the coal-mining industry and identifies itself as a proud working-class town with deep roots in the labour movement. The recent women’s marches seen across Canada and around the world in January of this year also make this story particularly timely and meaningful.

Review quotes

“Your heart will glow with pride in our history and fill with hope for our future. A ‘must see’ for everyone – whether you are a social activist or not. Go celebrate this true story and leave inspired and challenged. I laughed and cried. I got angry. I gained courage. I saw the connections between yesterday and today. I am more hopeful than ever that together we can make our lives, our communities, our country and our world a better place for all.” – Barb Byers, Member of the Order of Canada, former Secretary- Treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress

“This play is just what you’ll need to lift your hearts and your spirits! What an inspiring story about how a small group of brave women organized to bring change for all workers! Such an important part of the history of workers’ safety and workers rights.” – Lori Johb – Secretary-Treasurer of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour.

This production is supported by funding from the City of Nanaimo, the province of British Columbia, and the BC Arts Council. Thank you to sponsor Buccaneer Inn

Playwright Biography

Jennifer Wynne Webber is the author of numerous plays including Beside Myself, published by Scirocco Drama, and one critically acclaimed novel, Defying Gravity, which was published by Coteau Books and subsequently nominated for three Saskatchewan Book Awards, including Book of the Year. Her drama White Lies was published by Ryga: A Journal of Provocations. That play, under its former title Whistling at the Northern Lights, was chosen in 2010 by New York’s Urban Stages, an Obie Award-winning Off-Broadway theatre, for inclusion in its staged readings series and as the theatre’s sole nomination for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, an international award to recognize outstanding women playwrights. Jennifer has lived and worked across Canada, with lengthy experience in theatre, video production, and broadcast journalism, including thirteen years with CBC Television News. An investigator by nature, Jennifer enjoys delving into everything from the latest scientific research to primary source historical records to see what that may spark in her work. Her goal as a writer is to remain open and true to wherever a story wants to go, and to explore a medium’s inherent opportunities and possibilities. Jennifer has a degree in History from the University of Saskatchewan and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She lives in Nanaimo, BC.

For more information on Jennifer Wynne Webber, please visit: www.jenniferwebber.com