If you live in Teesdale, have you seen the new programme brochure for The Witham? Among the varied programme of events, there’s at least one that looks fascinating to anyone interested in the First World War.
In a newsletter in March 2017 we ran a story about munitionettes as we’d been sent photographs of Lily Hoggett from Barnard Castle who worked in a munitions factory during the First World War. Women who worked in munitions factories often found that their skin (and hair) colour turned yellow because they were exposed to explosive and toxic TNT (trinitrotoluene) during their work. So they were nicknamed ‘canaries’.
‘Canary’ is the title of a production at The Witham in Barnard Castle on Wednesday 13th September, starting at 7.30 p.m. It is inspired by the stories of women who worked in Britain’s munitions factories during the First World War. Fun in the Oven Theatre use physical theatre and sound design to create a darkly comedic visceral experience.
You can find information about booking on the Witham’s website www.thewitham.org.uk, or you can pop in to the box office (Tuesday-Saturday) or phone 01833 631107.