We are a touring theatre company telling the stories of ordinary women doing extraordinary things.

Acts of Abandon

One Act abandoned a canal, another brought new (if rather unorthodox) activity to another. In 1939 an Act of Parliament legally abandoned the, now fully restored, Droitwich Canal. And after the war a couple of enterprising women discovered that no-one had got round to repealing an 18th century law that allowed a brothel on a boat…

Our new double bill first performed at Braunston Marina in June has toured the Southern Oxford Canal this autumn with further shows in the Midlands over the winter.  Click on the poster image for more details and dates. Or to hop straight to the tour dates and booking links, click here


I Dig Canals

REVISED PLANS 19th March 2020

This is to let you know revised plans for the remainder of the I Dig Canals project.

The drama workshop on 28th March and the Celebration Event on 4th April have been cancelled.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We are fortunate, in the short term at least, in being able to adapt our plans. lick on the poster image for more about how we plan to share all that we have to celebrate!

The Black Country has some 100 miles of canals. Most are only still there to walk along, boat, fish or glimpse from a train because a group of dedicated campaigners wouldn’t let go. They protested, lobbied, dug out the weeds, took risky journeys through tunnels to prove they were still navigable, even learned bricklaying to rebuild locks and bridges.

And there are lots of stories and accounts about these campaigners, but they are mostly about the men.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting a project seeking the unheard stories of women who took part in campaigns to save and restore canals in the Black Country between the end of the Second World War and the 1970s.

But why ‘I Dig Canals’? Click on the project logo to find out…

Or listen our podcast series featuring the voices of the women whose stories we have heard

And… Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways is still available to book by local promoters – so, if you’d like to see the show at a village hall, community centre, boat club or space near you do have a look at our  ‘Book a show‘ page. We’ll add dates and venues as they are confirmed.


A powerful reminder of the crucial role women played in keeping the country running during the war.

Theatre Things, 26/4/17

 Both women are exceptional storytellers, their performances brimming over with personality and linguistic virtuosity.

London City Nights, 24/4/17

Idle Women of the Waterway Waterways makes a delightful evening and if you find this show is coming to a canal near you then make an effort to catch it!

London Grip, 27/4/17


Thank you to ABNB boat brokerage who have supported us since Autumn 2016 with advertising, flyers and posters.


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