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

ANNOUNCEMENT: Our 2017 project ‘The Idle Women: Recreating the Journey’ in which we followed the route worked by the Grand Union trainees has been awarded a Commendation in the 2018 Living Waterways Awards. For more about the evening and presentation, including a link to the short film about our project, see our blog.

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 the group on the Grand Union 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. This year we’re following some of the lesser known women who were also at work on the waterways during the war.

We have now completed our project to follow all the main routes worked by the women. We’ll be starting work on a new show very soon but there will be some opportunities to see Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways during the Autumn. Just click on the poster image for details of venues and dates.

And… Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways will still be available to book by local promoters – so, if you’d like to see the show come to 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.

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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