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It’s all about the conversations

The journey continues. This last week we’ve done several shows in Milton Keynes: at Lionhearts we met the owner of Ash, the partner of Willow, in one of Heather’s songs and in the tiny village of Woolstone we estimated that nearly everyone who could come to a matinee was there! Then it was on to Stoke Bruerne where we performed at the Northants IWA annually rally – we split the show into two to provide a shorter show for each […]

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Uxbridge to Leighton Buzzard

So much has happened this week, it’s hard to pack it all into one blog post. On Friday we were at Hillingdon Boat Club. In the audience was IWA member, Andrew Simpson, who heard that we planned to stop the next day in search of a milepost dedicated to Eily Gayford. Next morning he appeared on his bike and very kindly cycled to the milepost, clearing away the nettles surrounding it, so that we could take a few snapshots. He […]

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Week 2

Week 2 began with shows at Cavalcade: tasters in the morning and shows in the evening. On Saturday, Kate performed Isobel’s War under extremely challenging circumstances! A last minute change of venue meant that our sizeable audience carried chairs from one marquee to another while Kate set up to perform. When it became clear that audibility would be a problem, a small PA was generously donated (thank you, Christine!) As it was a hand-held microphone, Kate couldn’t really hold it […]

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Our first week

What a week! Saturday was launch day, after which we travelled from Bull’s Bridge to Limehouse for the opening night (Monday) which was also press night. Three reviews followed, all pleasingly positive. Here’s an extract from one of them, Theatre Things: “… an enjoyable retelling and great entertainment … a powerful reminder of the crucial role women played in keeping the country running during the war.” “The enthusiasm of both ladies, who come from boating backgrounds themselves, is infectious; even […]

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Setting Off

From the family album…   I’m a landlubber. Kate is a live-aboard boater. We first encountered each other on Twitter in February 2016 and – fast forward at break-neck speed! – we are about to embark on our third tour of a show we cooked up together, Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways. My love of canals started as a child when my family owned a Fellows Morton & Clayton narrow boat called Laurel. We had many adventures and holidays, […]

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Rewriting Richard: the final week

Well, here we are in the final week before Now is the Winter is on at the RSC The Other Place – time has whizzed by. Susi Dalton has done a fantastic job of bringing a new slant to the play. We’ve had a preview at the Unicorn theatre in Abingdon and the clarity of Helen McGregor’s storytelling wowed the entire audience.  However, it’s not easy getting the word out and about and selling tickets for one night only show […]

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We nearly had a show!

Our first show should have been on Thursday at the Camp House Inn on the River Severn near Grimley (just north of Worcester). Unfortunately, quite a lot of it was in the River Severn – the garden stage and the access road were flooded. I was coming by boat but stopping wasn’t an option, the rails in the picture to the right of the yellow boat are the back of the mooring stage which is about 3ft out of sight. […]

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Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways

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