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Tribute to canal women

Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:46:04

Women of waterways

The story of the women who kept Britain’s waterways working during World War Two is being brought to life by a boat-based theatre company.

The all-female Alarum Theatre is touring its latest show, Idle Women Of The Wartime Waterways, along the canal route worked by Worcestershire woman Daphne March – who carried flour on her family-owned boat Heather Bell from Worcester to Tipton, and coal from Cannock to Worcester, throughout the war.

The show is a double bill of theatre, story, poetry and music showcasing the young women, later nicknamed “Idle Women”, who took on the challenge of managing pairs of 72ft narrow boats and 50 tons of cargo.

It features poems and songs by former Worcestershire Poet Laureate, Heather Wastie, and a solo play by Kate Saffin, and has been created using first-hand accounts, diaries, archive material and audio interviews.
The tour calls in at Alestones, Tardebigge Court (B97 6QW) on

Thurs April 12; at Rowney Green Village Hall (B48 7QP) on Fri April 13; and Finstall Village Hall (B60 1EL) on Sat April 14. All performances start at 7.30pm.

The Rowney Green event is free, and for the others you can reserve a place at and pay on the door (Alestones £6; Finstall £8).

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