Stand by for winching and rocking, pulling and sweating, bucket-hoists of mud and canal-clearing clobber. It’s 1970, and we’re off to a rally of boats on the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal. On the way we’ll meet Sheila and Josie, Tina and Jean as they put on their sturdy boots and roll up their sleeves. Women labouring, cooking, boating, organising… united by a common cause – to save the Black Country waterways.
Written and performed by Kate Saffin and Heather Wastie, I Dig Canals is a new show from Alarum Productions based on the oral histories of the women who campaigned to save the canals of the black country during the 1970s combining theatre, storytelling, poetry and music.
There will be hot soup available, and you’ll need to bring your own chair to the performance -which will be under cover in case of bad weather!
Generously supported by the Arts Council and Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust.
Listen to our I Dig Canals podcast to hear the oral histories that inspired the show here:
Kate and Heather also received a lovely quote from Richard Parry if you want to use it anywhere!
“Beautifully judged… lovely balance of humour, songs, physical comedy and genuine pathos – in short, a triumph. Two wonderful talents.”