In 1915, with men fighting in battle, thousands of women joined the war effort filling gaps left by those who had been called into service. Although life on the assembly line wasn’t as traumatic as life in the trenches, the work was still fraught with danger: munitions workers were prime targets for enemy bombs and also faced the daily risks associated with handling explosive chemicals. For some, the effects of this work were clearly visible as their skin and hair became stained yellow earning them the nickname, The Canary Girls.
‘Canary’ tells the real-life stories of Canary Girls sourced from the Tyne & Wear Archives, the Devil’s Porridge Museum and the Imperial War Museums. Literally risking life and limb on a daily basis, you will be introduced to munitions workers Agnes, Anne and Betty who, when an air raid strikes, are thrown into an: “explosive journey through euphoric emancipation, forbidden friendship and anarchic dreams.”
‘Canary’ was created in collaboration between Fun in the Oven and Spanish theatre company, Teatro EnVilo. This alliance enables this inspired show to dramatise experiences of Britain’s unsung war heroes through a showcase of high-quality physical theatre and contemporary sound design to create a “thrillingly dark physical comedy” based on real-life stories.
‘Canary’ will run at Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle on Friday 30th November with shows at 13:30 and 19.30. Tickets, priced at £12.00 in advance (£10.00 concessions), are available to purchase now at gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk. Please note: the show is recommended for audiences aged 12+ with parental guidance.