After our successful 50-show summer tour, Kate Saffin and I have put together a short run of performances of Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways in and around Oxford at the end of this month. See below for dates. Here’s a review to whet your appetite:
“Both women are exceptional storytellers, their performances brimming over with personality” London City Nights
OXFORD CANAL & THAMES October 21st-29th 2017 Tickets £10/£8
Sat 21 7.00pm Shipton-on-Cherwell Village Hall, Kidlington OX5 1JP
Tue 24 8.00pm St Margaret’s Institute, 30 Polstead Road OX2 6TN
Thu 26 7.30pm Rock of Gibraltar, Station Road, Enslow OX5 3AY
Fri 27 7.30pm Wolvercote Village Hall, 1 Wolvercote Green OX2 8AB
Sun 29 6.00pm Unicorn Theatre, Medieval Abbey Buildings, Checker Walk, Abingdon OX14 3JB
Advance booking via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/alarum-theatre-9882552992, email email@example.com, phone 01865 364095 or pay on the door. See also www.alarumtheatre.co.uk
If you would like to see the show I have been touring with Kate Saffin since the end of April, there are just 3 more opportunities – two at The Rising Sun, Berkhamsted (Monday & Tuesday) and one at The Pirate Castle, Camden (Saturday) – the last time we will perform the show in London. This will also be the last chance to see historic narrow boat Tench which has been with us all the way. After the tour, owner Alex will whisk her away and get back to her own solo adventures!
We have had very appreciative audiences, rave reviews and have been featured in national press so we’re delighted, if a trifle tired as we have done quite a few lock miles over the past 15 weeks too! Do come and support us at one of our final shows if you can.
Here’s one of my ‘found’ poems from the show which is also in the book we have produced to accompany the tour:
A horse on the path
Early in the morning
a horse on the path
the ring of shoes on cobblestones
the swish of a bow, a shout
the whip of a line, the soft flap
as it drops on the cabin top
another whip, another shout
lock gate thud, rattle of paddle
through cabin doors nudged ajar
we stir to grey outlines
on a slack-black star-stippled sky
© Heather Wastie
using words found in The Amateur Boatwomen Canal Boating 1941-1945 by Eily Gayford
Saturday’s performance will be our 50th since we launched the tour in April and the journey has been incredible. See www.alarumtheatre.co.uk and our Facebook page for more.
Once the tour is over I will be taking a well earned break!
I’m delighted to announce that ABNB Boat Brokerage will be supporting Alarum Theatre’s Autumn tour of Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways! http://www.abnb.co.uk/
Wednesday 7th Sept – 7.30pm • Garden of Camp House Inn, Grimley, WR2 6LX, 01905 640288 – In association with The Worcestershire Literary Festival & Fringe
Saturday 10th Sept – 7.30pm • The Windlass Cafe and Restaurant, Stourport, DY13 9EN, 01299 871742 – In association with Stourport Heritage Open Days, Stourport Canal Basin
Thursday 15th Sept – 7.30pm • The Folly Inn, Napton on the Hill, CV47 8NZ, 01926 815185
Friday 23rd Sept – 7.30pm • The Wildside Activity Centre, Wolverhampton, WV6 0HA, 01902 572240
Sunday 25th Sept – 1.30pm • Wolverhampton Boat Club, Codsall, Wolverhampton, WV8 1RS, 07977 101411
Friday 30th Sept – 7.30pm • Theatre in the Dock, Tooley’s Boatyard, Banbury, OX16 2PQ, 01295 272917
* Saturday 1st Oct – 2.30pm • Theatre in the Dock matinee, Tooley’s Boatyard, Banbury, OX16 2PQ, 01295 272 917
– Includes a wartime tea!
* Mon 28th & Tues 29th Nov – 7.30pm • The Rosemary Branch Theatre, Hoxton, N1 3DT, 020 7704 6665
* indicates a ticketed event (see www.alarumtheatre.co.uk for details) otherwise free entry with donations to support the artists
Photos from our Summer Tour:
On Saturday 13th February, I performed my piece Idle Women and Judies, commissioned by the Canal & River Trust, at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port. I included a song and 3 new poems in a 25-minute programme, repeated four times. As usual, I took a book so that people could write down feedback and those comments are reproduced in their entirety below. It’s difficult to get people to write down their thoughts, even when they have made complimentary remarks in person, but I was very pleased with what people did write, and even more pleased that photographer Teresa Newton took some shots of me in full flow. See below for these too.
Having already performed at the Gloucester and Stoke Bruerne Museums (see previous posts), it was good to collaborate with the Canal & River Trust again to share these women’s stories at Ellesmere Port. I’m grateful to them for supporting my work and to Teresa for sending her wonderful images without charge. Here’s a link to her website http://terasanewton.wix.com/tnphotography
“Wonderful, captivating performance – brought canals to life.” Liz & Idris
“Entertaining, informative, brilliant.” Ray & Alicia Harvey
“Wonderful performance, a must see.” Suzanne & Graham
“Wonderful performance full of knowledge and very entertaining.” Janet Williams