Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways
A double bill of theatre, poetry and music to whisk you back to the days of World War II when a shortage of crews to keep the working boats going brought a new breed of boater to the canal. Young women, later nicknamed ‘Idle Women’, took on the challenge of managing a pair of 72ft narrow boats and 50 tons of cargo. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the start of the women’s training scheme, Kate Saffin and Heather Wastie will bring Isobel’s War and Idle Women and Judies to waterside (and nearby) venues, recreating the journey the women took (London-Birmingham-Coventry-London). Travelling with the show will be historic narrow boat Tench steered and crewed by women.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Watch the video to learn more… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADjsDWKA4kY
Come and enjoy Isobel’s War (Kate Saffin) and Idle Women and Judies (Heather Wastie) in this beautiful setting!
There will be refreshments and food available and the show starts at 6.30pm.
There will also be workshops from 2pm-please follow us on Facebook to stay updated: www.facebook.com/alarumtheatre
And more about Alarum and the tour on the website: www.alarumtheatre.co.uk