Watching Glory Die

Theatre (drama, tragedy)

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  • Assembly Rooms - Ballroom
  • 13:50
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Restriction)
  • Country: Canada
  • Group: Windsor Feminist Theatre and Kelly Daniels
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 12 and above (12+)(Contains Distressing Themes, Strong Language/Swearing)
  • Accessibility:
    Sight not needed
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


Judith Thompson's riveting and exquisite portrayal of three women trapped in a broken prison system will leave you dumbfounded. The play is inspired by the shocking and true story of teenager, Ashley Smith, who – after five years of being misdiagnosed, and mistreated, hallucinating away in "therapeutic quiet" – died by suicide in her prison cell while guards watched. Watching Glory Die takes a bold dramatic leap to forge the kind of visceral lyricism that is the hallmark of Judith Thompson at her most powerful.

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General venue access

  • Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: There is lift access into the performance space. If not taking the lift there are 23 steps into the venue.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Anthony Cunningham 92 days ago

Just saw this performance. It’s incredible. The acting is unreal...too real. The message is essential. Left the theatre and took about ten steps then began to sob like I have not done in ages. My partner and I sat in an alley and could not move or talk. Just cry. And I cry once or twice a year! This is a jewel and deserves full houses. If you want to think, to feel, to make this world a better place....see it. I will never forget it. Judith Thompson changed my world half a life time ago when I saw Lion in the Streets. Now again the layers and honesty and humanity have left me numb. This deserves to be seen.

Sean Davis 99 days ago

Watching Glory Die (****)
This is the true story of a wild teen’s suffering in the Canadian prison system, and how a guard and her mother deal with her plight. The acting and story were compelling, and left me vexed as to how the problem should be addressed. I had originally undervalued this show because it followed another depressing show, so I recommend you see it after something lighter.

This was the 11th most enjoyable of the 43 shows I have seen so far this year. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website:

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The List (3/5 stars) 79 days ago

A lacklustre biography of the harrowing life of Ashley Smith...

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The F Word 84 days ago

Watching Glory Die is a show that is devastating and hard-hitting. It serves as a painful reminder of the lives lost to the prison system and those affected by it, but most importantly that each one of us is complicit by our silence in the face of the loss of many Glory’s. In the show, Glory insists that she will hold on to her memories whatever happens, and this show is one that will remain etched in both my mind and memory for a time to come.

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 84 days ago

Described by one critic as “a play I suspect the Canadian government would rather you didn’t see”, this heartbreaking drama by leading Canadian playwright Judith Thompson – a multiple award winner in Edinburgh ten years ago for her Iraq War trilogy The Palace Of The End – is loosely based...

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 84 days ago

The Windsor Feminist Theatre’ production of Judith Thompson’s 2014 play about injustice in the Canadian prison system feels timely in an age where atrocities committed against people deemed subhuman by those in charge are in the news almost daily and suspicious deaths while in custody are being talked about more...

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Culture Fix (4/5 stars) 95 days ago

Canadian playwright Judith Thompson's 2016 work Watching Glory Die is adapted by the Windsor Feminist Theatre company resulting in a visceral, devastating piece that explores the damaging effect of the Western penal system and its failure to support mental illness.

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 97 days ago

Look for tickets... Don’t throw apples at a mail delivery worker in Canada.Just look what happened to fourteen-year-old Ashley Smith. In 2003, it had her sentenced to one month in a youth detention facility, which turned into nearly four years in solitary confinement. She killed herself in 2007, despite being...

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 100 days ago

Suicide rates in Canadian prisons are seven times higher than in the general population. One in ten inmates commit suicide in a psychiatric facility and 22% kill themselves when they’re being held in isolation. Watching Glory Die – surely one of the best show titles on this year’s Fringe –...

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