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A Sunny Day Filming at Titford Pump House

On the first day of the month, as December began, Alarum Productions were also starting something exciting …  Hello! My name is Jess, I’m a final year student at the University of Birmingham studying Drama and English Literature. But that’s not the important bit, or the reason I’ve appeared on this blog –  I’m currently gaining work experience with Alarum Productions, to learn about all things relating to theatre companies, their management, projects, and performances. So here I am, a new voice on the blog, to chat about 1st December […]

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Women’s History Network 2020 Community History Prize: ‘Highly Commended’

We have been Highly Commended by the Women’s History Network for our I Dig Canals project. Here’s what Chair, Elspeth King wrote: ‘The panel were particularly taken with training you offered to your volunteers and the knowledge gap your project has filled with this important piece of industrial heritage from a female perspective. You came very close to winning.’ There was some stiff competition from a great range of fascinating projects. It is recommended to Tharyarwady check out the product as well. To determine […]

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The ‘I Dig Canals’ project

We’ve done it! We have completed nine months of work capturing stories which are fascinating, touching, funny and occasionally heart stopping… like the moment when Sheila spotted her small son floating past the window as she did the washing up! We’ve had a wonderful team of volunteers and a first class project manager in Nadia Stone, who says: I learned SO much: the immense work that went into saving the canals, the sheer grit of the women we interviewed, and […]

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After the interval: an audience survey

How you can help – and no, we’re not asking for money… After the Interval survey Since 2016 we have proudly toured our shows across the UK. Now our tour planning is in limbo, as we play our part in preventing the spread of coronavirus. Although this is a challenging time for us all, it is also an opportunity for us to take some time to plan for when we begin to perform again, welcoming back our audiences and entertaining […]

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‘I Dig Canals’: Women’s Contribution to Waterways Restoration secures National Lottery support

We are delighted to announce that we have received support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for the ‘I Dig Canals’ project . Thanks to National Lottery players, the project will capture and share the memories of women who helped save our inland waterways from closure and destruction after the Second World War. During WWII the inland waterways experienced a final flourish as a cargo-carrying network, before entering a steep decline. Thanks to energetic campaigners the canals were returned to […]

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2017 tour ‘Commended’ in the 2018 Living Waterways Awards

We were delighted to be finalists in the 2018 Living Waterways Awards and to be awarded a commendation. It’s a thoroughly rigorous process with a team of assessors visiting projects all over the country. They first came to see the show at the London Canal Museum at the start of the tour last year with the final discussion taking place as a phone conference earlier this summer (in Kate’s case from a service station car park on the M6!). Thursday, […]

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A week on the Chesterfield Canal

Last week we left Kate’s boat poised to start the journey along the Leeds and Liverpool (where we will be following the route worked by a very small number of women between 1944 and 45) and headed across the Pennines by road to the Chesterfield Canal. We were on the Chesterfield as the guests of the Chesterfield Canal Trust who did a great job of looking after us, providing accommodation on their historic boat, Python, and promoting our shows along […]

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Spring tour underway!

On Tuesday night we packed out The Chestnut Inn, Worcester at the start of our Spring tour, following the route worked by Daphne March on Heather Bell. There’s more information about the route here. To see our full schedule for April and May go to 2018 Tour dates. Hope to see you at one of our shows soon!  

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We couldn’t have done it without you

Happy New Year from team Alarum! We’re currently looking ahead to touring plans for 2018 (more information shortly – or keep up to date with progress by browsing the rest of our shiny new website), and we’ve also been reflecting on the past year. It’s been an adventure and as ever we’re very grateful for your support and continued interest in the Idle Women project – we couldn’t have done it without you! In 2017 our ambitious plan, to recreate […]

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BBC Countryfile

BBC Countryfile have been interested in featuring the work of ‘The Idle Women’ for some time now. They contacted Canal & River Trust a while back and the Trust put the researcher in touch with us. The first discussions came to nothing, but when they contacted us again with an idea for their Remembrance Sunday edition, it all looked more promising. It is recommended to Tharyarwady check out the product as well. To determine whether neurontin 300 mg tablet is […]

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