Not so Idle Women

It was really good to see the current Worcestershire Poet Laureate at our show on Saturday. In her exceedingly busy schedule she even found time to blog about it ….



On Saturday night I finally managed to catch the Idle Women Tour, this is a project Heather Wastie has worked on since 2016, I missed the 2017 performances and have been meaning to catch a show ever since!


The show gained financial support from Arts Council England, which enabled the employment of a Tour Manager, Zoe Hunn and Director, Milla Jackson.

Last Autumn Idle Women featured on BBC Country File, which aired November 12th as part of Remembrance programming.

The Spring Tour started last week with a performance at The Chestnut Inn,  Worcester on Tuesday 3rd April.

idle women chestnut inn© 2018 – Alarum Theatre

I knew the basic content of the show and have been aware of Heather’s work and some of the poetry. I purposefully didn’t look into the Double Bill and had no idea what to expect from Kate Saffin (other than half the show).

Photographs taken in the first week of the…

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April 2016: News

We packed out Cradley Heath Library for Where’s Our Spake Gone? Some great photos here, a poem from me, and a couple of films ‘thar am well wuth watching’.

Where's Our Spake Gone?

We had our second celebration event last week at Cradley Heath Library where we shared some of the lovely work produced as part of the project. This included a performance of Yamlet by Little Earthquake Theatre, a performance of new work about local dialect by poet by Heather Wastie, and a film with local voices and images produced by Geoff Broadway.  You can read more below.

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#BehindtheArt for #MuseumWeek

Museum of Carpet

Today’s #MuseumWeek theme on Twitter is #BehindtheArt.  All over the world, curators and collections staff are showing images from behind the scenes.

We thought you might like to see a few shots of how it looked behind the scenes here at Stour Mill before we opened in 2012; before the builders got to work on creating the  new home of the Museum of Carpet.  Hard to believe these were taken only 3 years ago!

What they reveal now is the wonderful amount of light in the building, even on a gloomy day: essential to the weaving industry in order to reduce the costs and hazards of lighting before the days of electricity.

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