Radium Girls New Jersey, mid-1900s.
Illustration of a women with clocks

Radium Girls

The Weston Studio

Key Information
  • Dates Fri 04 Nov 2022 - Sat 12 Nov 2022
  • Location The Weston Studio

Science! Family! Every life is sacrificed to something, it's just a matter of choosing which.

Written by D.W. Gregory
Directed by Nel Crouch
Designed by Angela Davies

New Jersey, mid 1900s. Business is booming at the United States Radium Corporation. The company’s ability to meet the growing demand for painting luminescent dials onto watches is music to owner Arthur Roeder’s ears – and why wouldn’t it be with pioneering physicist Marie Curie encouraging radium into the mainstream?

Meanwhile on the factory floor, it’s a different story. Painters Grace, Irene and Kathryn are noticing disturbing changes in the women working alongside them. Deaths are hastily explained away; but media interest is building and soon enough, many injustices are uncovered.

What unfolds is a fast-paced and shocking exploration into the workers behind a historical sensation, which impacted labour rights and health physics – but at what cost? Written with warmth, humour and dignity, Radium Girls is an unflinching tribute to the women racing against time.

Suitable for ages 11+

Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois


Grace Fryer Ellie Jack

Raymond Berry Akim Bangura

Kathryn Schaub Lucy Pascoe

Arthur Roeder Conor Doran

Edward Markley Tom Canavan

Irene Rudolph Louise O’Dowd

Mrs MacNeil/Harriet Roeder Georgia Cudby

Nancy Harlan Gaia Ashwood

Jackie Youngwood Holly Hawgood

Mrs Fryer/Cora Middleton Sumãh Ebelé

Diana Roeder Assa Kanouté

Katherine Wiley Kate Cartwright

Dr Von Sohocky Archie Fisher

Charlie Lee Christopher Williams

Tom Krieder Kurtis Thompson


Director Nel Crouch*

Production Designer Angela Davies†

Voice & Dialect Coach Sue Cowen†

Production Manager Steve O’Brien†

Assistant Production Manager Masie Harbert

Production Supervisor Bryony Rutter†

Stage Manager Lydia Morgan

Deputy Stage Manager Abbi Davies

Assistant Stage Managers Caitlyn Balderstone, Sally Strong

Lighting Designer Willow Digweed

Production LX Adrianna Broadgate

LX Operator Iona Hicks

Sound Designer Chris Monks

Sound Op Katrina-Summer Richards

Prop Making Supervisor Lola O’Donoghue

Construction Manager Tom Gould

Metal Workshop Supervisor Iona Hicks

Carpentry Workshop Supervisor Chris Stuckey

Workshop Assistants Joe Collins, Jude Fullwood, Elsa Gear, Isabella Keating, Katrina-Summer Richards

Costume Supervisor Arthur Wyatt

Costume Makers Bethany Boldero, Shanice Dacres, Elle Duncan, Gracie Green

Costume Assistants & Dressers Rosa Grew-McEvoy, Liv Morell, Charlotte Nicholson, Jess Padday

Milliners Rosie Gayner, Ava Harker, Bessy Mo, Lasya Purhoit

Design Assistant Olivia Jamieson*

*Visiting professional; BOVTS staff†

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