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

Our current show Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways is all about the women who did their bit for the war effort by working on the canal boats. At the time they were called ‘trainees’ but after the war they acquired the nickname Idle Women – not very flattering but a great name for a show! Our double bill of theatre, poetry and songs (based on very thorough research) shares their stories – including how they got that nickname.

Our spring tour is underway! We’re following the route worked by Daphne March (where the whole idea of women working on boats began) from Worcester to Tipton to Cannock. You can read more about the Daphne and the route here or head straight for the tour dates and venues and book your ticket (or reserve a seat for the free entry/pay what you can shows) by clicking on the poster image.

Our next show is 3pm Sunday April 22nd Stirchley Baths Community Centre, Birmingham

We’re also booking venues along the Leeds & Liverpool for the summer so if you have a suggestion get in touch via the contacts page.

And… we are crowdfunding to help cover the costs of venue hire (we have no extra grant funding this year). Often we can find spaces such as pub gardens that we can use without charge – but village halls, community centres and historic buildings have bills to pay. You can help us, and them, with a donation. Click here for more details.

Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways
Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways


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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