The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum
Played by: Francine Deschepper
Protagonist of the story. Margaret is young, headstrong and family-oriented. She is not popular with her peers because of her runny nose and an early sexual experience that earned her a bad reputation.
Played by: Martha Irving
Matriarch of the MacNeil family. Catherine’s family has strong roots in both Glace Bay and the mining industry. She has lost her husband and son in the mines and looks after her father-in-law who suffers from black lung as a result of his many years working in the mine.
Played by: Jeff Schwager
Margaret’s brother and Catherine’s youngest son. Ian works in the mines and has a strong belief that a union will improve working conditions. He is hardworking and altruistic.
Played by: David Francis
Catherine’s father-in-law. Grandpa does not speak because of his affliction but instead writes his thoughts out for others to read. He is confined due to his illness but brings much joy to the family.
Played by: Gil Garratt
Margaret’s love interest and later her husband. Neil is a musician and bon vivant who has sworn not to work in the mines ever again after he suffers a scare down below. He works odd jobs until it becomes apparent that in order to make a significant contribution to his household he must again take a job in the mine; reluctantly, he does so.