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Founded in 1937, by Newfoundland and Labrador playwright Grace Butt, the St. John's Players is the oldest theatre group in the province. Since its inception, the group has been active in the local theatre scene with the exception of two periods of inactivity in 1976-82 and 2005-2012 The group returned to the local theatre scene in 2013. It is an amateur group and all are welcome. No previous theatre experience is required. See our listing in the Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia.


These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich

March 15-17, 2024 - Resource Centre for the Arts - LSPU Hall          

Saturday April 6, 2024 - Gander Arts & Culture Centre - NL Provincial Drama Festival          


2024 Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Drama Festival Awards

  • Best Production
  • Best Direction - Louise Kearley
  • Best Actor - Matt White as Tom Donohue
  • Best Performance by an Actor (male or female) Under 25 - Gina Hracy as Charlotte Purcel
  • Best Costumes - Eileen Doyle & Sandi Mercer
  • Best Lighting - Sandra Mills

Catherine and her friends are dying, it's true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits – or endanger the lives of those who come after them.

A true and captivating drama that follows the compelling stories of the “Radium Girls” – young women in the 1920's and 1930's who were hired to paint dials on watches and clocks with radioactive paint while being told that there is no evidence that radium is harmful, and even that it has health benefits.

Set in Chicago and Ottawa, Illinois, home of The Radium Dial Company, the play showcases the danger women faced in this workplace and highlights the wider lack of concern companies had for protecting the health of their employees. It chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance.

“… has a humanistic glow … clockwork precision … an initially comic and ultimately tragic look at how individual women find employment within a system more concerned with profit than safety.” — Variety.

“Perfect, touching and wistful … beautifully tragic.” — Talkin' Broadway