A Bright Light in the Darkness’ by Blue Whale Theatre is a play for children, telling the story of Catherine McAuley - Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.

‘A Bright Light in the Darkness’ written, directed and produced by Therase Neve - Blue Whale Theatre and was initially produced at special request for - St Charles Catholic Primary School in Ryde, Sydney to great acclaim. The production has since toured Mercy Schools throughout NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT and WA.

Available to book for 2018, tour dates being taken now. Tours taking place in NSW, VIC, QLD, and WA. 

"What an inspirational play!  It engaged me from the outset and left me reflecting on the power of dramatic performance. The script displayed a high level of research and rich insight into the life, spirituality and mission of Catherine McAuley. The technique of providing short breaks for question time between the characters and audience added a further level of engagement and insight into Catherine’s life. Well done! I would highly recommend 'A Bright Light in the Darkness' to all Mercy Primary schools." Sr Margaret Sheppard, Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, Preview performance 2015.

The play captures the heart and spirit of Catherine McAuley as we chronicle her journey through life; from the childhood influences of her father, to becoming an accomplished adult in her own right. 

"She used to love to sing and dance and that comes through in the play – that she was a real person, with real passions and real loves. She just wanted to serve the poor.” Michelle Keatinge, St Charles REC, speaking about 'A Bright Light in the Darkness" to 'About Catholic Schools Magazine' Oct 23rd edition. 2015.

Catherine built a house of Mercy in Baggot Street, Dublin Ireland, which became a home for orphans and women and a poor school. Catherine also tended to the sick in hospitals and in their homes and famously walked the streets helping people less fortunate.

She paved the way and set foundations for Sisters of Mercy assemblies all over the world, who to this day continue mercy work in her footsteps.The story of this amazing woman is brought to life for you on stage, in Blue Whale Theatre’s unique and heartfelt production ‘A Bright Light in the Darkness’.

The Play is currently available for schools in two versions:

Years 3, 4, 5, 6 Primary school and years 7/8 secondary school -  An hour long production in 3 sections. With the aid of an actor/facilitator, after each section the children are invited to ‘hot seat’ Catherine McAuley and ask her questions about what they have seen in the story so far. 

Show duration with questions: 1 hour 15 minutes (flexible).

K - Year 2. A 45 minute production in 3 sections. As before the children are invited to ask the character questions about how she felt at certain moments in the play. This special version of Catherines story has been adapted from the original production to make it accessible to younger children.

Show duration with questions: 45 minutes (flexible).

Touring Schools and Colleges throughout Australia at 4 different intervals throughout 2018! Contact us today for more details and your show quote! Discounts apply for larger audiences and if booking more than one show. 


Kindergarten, Primary Stage 1 (Y1-2), Primary Stage 2 (Y3-4), Primary Stage 3 (Y5-6), Secondary Stage 4 (Y7-8)


Albury, Ballarat, Bathurst, Bendigo, Brisbane, Canberra, Central Coast, Coffs Harbour, Geelong, Gold Coast, Maitland, Melbourne, Mildura, Newcastle, Orange, Perth, Port Macquarie, Richmond, Rockingham, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Wagga Wagga, Windsor

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