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.

You can read more about the women we are celebrating this year 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 summer tour is underway! After a wonderful week on the Chesterfield Canal Trust travelling with their historic workboat Python and performing in a pub, a boat club, a church and a canal visitor centre, we’re now on our way to Liverpool. Our next two shows on the tour are:

Eldonian Village Hall, Burlington St, Liverpool L3 6LG: Tues June 19th 7.30pm

Liverpool Baltic Fleet, 33A Wapping, Liverpool L1 8DQ: Tues June 26th 7.30pm

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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