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Royal Arsenal

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SE18 4DX

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A play about the lives of the ‘Canary Girls’; the women who worked at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich during World War I whose skin turned yellow due to the poison in the artillery. The play will be performed in one of the few remaining buildings that they worked in during that period. The play has been developed and written by local resident Louisa Le Marchant from Global Fusion Music and Arts and is directed by James Hadrell Artistic Director of Greenwich Theatre. It focuses on the work and lives of the women who worked in the Royal Arsenal Woolwich during the Great War. The audiences will be taken on a journey through time as the women deal with the hardships of watching their brothers, sons and fathers go off to war, not knowing if they will ever see them again. As the war progresses the play sees the women deal with birth and death, with the politics of women’s rights and the twists and turns of relationships, rationing and the hardships of the time. But it’s not all doom and gloom as there is love, laughter and the companionship of women working together as they discover new freedoms only possible because of the war that was to end all wars.

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