THE Samuel Barlow is honoured to be one of the venues chosen to host ‘The Idle Women of the Wartime Waterway’ on June 28.
The Idle Women of the Wartime Waterway is 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.
The event is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Come and enjoy Isobel’s War (Kate Saffin) and Idle Women and Judies (Heather Wastie) in this beautiful setting!
Entry to this fabulous event, which will offer an insight into this unique period of the history of our canals, is FREE.
There will be refreshments and food available from the bar and the show starts at 7.30pm.
Find out more about Alarum and the tour on their website: www.alarumtheatre.co.uk