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

by Jennifer Wynne Webber

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



WITH GLOWING HEARTS is the true story of a group of 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 – as a result. The play was commissioned by Dr. Elizabeth Quinlan at the University of Saskatchewan and was based on her historical and sociological research.





(L-R) Nadia Mori as Cécille Gauthier, Erin Carson as Dorothy Macfarlane, Rachelle Block as Poppy Chytuk, and Caitlin Zacharias as Kay Carson.

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

Performed by University of Saskatchewan (U of S) Drama students and alumni (see cast listing below) and directed by a U of S Drama instructor (Julia Jamison), 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. 

The biggest winner was With Glowing Hearts” . . . “a triumph”
Ned Powers, SaskatoonExpress

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.”

Best of the Fest” — 2016 PotashCorp Fringe Theatre Festival, Saskatoon

 Video Teaser

Watch the video teaser from the 2016 Fringe production of the play: (Produced by S.E. Grummett)


More to come

In June, 2017, a shorter “lunch hour”version of With Glowing Hearts will be workshopped at Calgary’s Lunchbox Theatre as part of the Suncor Stage One Festival of New Work.
A public staged reading of the play is set for Friday, June 23rd at 12 noon. 

More productions are currently in the offing so stay tuned!