How Ordinary Women Worked Together to Change the World (And Did)

 by Jennifer Wynne Webber

Women’s March, Kirkland Lake, 1941 (Photo: Jim Tester)

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.”— 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. . .” — Lori John, Secretary-Treasurer, Saskatchewan Federation of Labour

WITH GLOWING HEARTS is the rousing true story of a group of hard rock miners’ wives who came together in 1941 to stand up for better conditions for their families. They became the heart and soul of a union movement that changed their lives — and the world.


“The biggest winner was WITH GLOWING HEARTS” . . . “a triumph” Ned Powers, SaskatoonExpress

BEST OF THE FEST” — 2016 PotashCorp Fringe Theatre Festival, Saskatoon

“…spare, sensitively written and beautifully paced” — Ian C. Nelson”

“…I laughed and cried. I got angry. I gained courage. . .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


“With Glowing Hearts” was commissioned by Dr. Elizabeth Quinlan at the University of Saskatchewan and was based on her historical and sociological research.

Performed by University of Saskatchewan (U of S) Drama students and alumni, the play had a preview performance in Waskesiu, SK on June 13, 2016 at the SGEU Prairie School for Union Women, before being mounted at the Saskatoon Fringe Theatre Festival from July 28- August 6th, 2016. There it enjoyed a highly successful run, garnering enthusiastic reviews and consistently sold-out houses.
(Pictured above: (L-R) Nadia Mori as Cécille Gauthier, Erin Carson as Dorothy Macfarlane, Rachelle Block as Poppy Chytuk, and Caitlin Zacharias as Kay Carson.)

By the end of the Fringe, after a run of sold-out performances, WITH GLOWING HEARTS had earned the largest box office receipts of the festival, and officially won the title, “Best of the Fest.”


News & Upcoming. . .

An all-new production of “With Glowing Hearts” will play as part of TheatreOne’s 2017-18 MainStage Series. Performances run Wed. to Sat., April 11-14. 7:30 pm & 2 pm Saturday matinee.

In June, 2017, a shorter “lunch hour”version of With Glowing Hearts was part of Lunchbox Theatre’s new play festival:
The Suncor Stage One Festival of New Work.  The festival workshop culminated in a public staged reading on June 23rd.

More productions are currently in the offing so be sure to check this page again!


Video Teaser

Watch the video teaser from the 2016 U of S student/alumni Fringe production of the play. (Video by S.E. Grummett)