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Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways: Northants IWA-Isobel's War
Sun 21 May 2017, 14:15 – 15:30 BST
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.
Watch the video to learn more…
Come and enjoy Isobel’s War (Kate Saffin) in this beautiful setting (Idle Women and Judies by Heather Wastie will be performed at the same time on the 20th May).
There will be refreshments available and the show starts at 2.30pm
And more about Alarum and the tour on the website
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.