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Women Who Shout at the Stars ()

Produced by

Goombay Productions

Presented by

The SummerWorks Performance Festival

Director: Kathryn MacKay
Playwright: Carolyn Hetherington


Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace


August 7th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014


At the age of 80, encouraged by Judith Thompson, eminent performer Carolyn Hetherington was inspired to write her first play – Women Who Shout at the Stars. This theatrical memoir features Hetherington in the roles of herself, her beloved nanny, Edie, and her dramatic mother Gwen, a tragic, suicidal society beauty able to survive and kick ass with her irreverent sense of humour and blazing temper. The play tells the story of Gwen’s adoration of three extraordinary men, including the legendary Vernon Castle, Carolyn’s nanny Edie who put aside her own life to give 70 years of life, love and loyalty to her girl and Carolyn’s struggle to find her own life-path between these two disparate women. In Carolyn’s words “While I’m still kicking a little ass myself at 83, I want to give these women 60 minutes in the light to live a little longer and tell their stories.”  (


Carolyn Hetherington Performer

Creative Team

Kathryn MacKay Director
Carolyn Hetherington Playwright
Judith Thompson Dramaturge
Tim Fort Lighting Designer
Becky Gold Sound Designer


Jane Vanstone Osborn Stage Manager


Gabe Cropley Festival Lighting Designer
Jenn Hewitt Venue Technician
Kai Masaoka Venue Technician
Christopher Ross Venue Technician