Friday Sep 30th 7.30pm Idle Women  of the Wartime Waterways web_imgp0645

A double bill to whisk you back to the days of World War II. A shortage of crews to keep the working boats going brought a new breed of boater to the canal; young women, later  nicknamed the Idle Women, who took on the challenge of managing a pair of 72’ narrow boats and 55 tons of cargo. Idle Women comes to you as part of a tour featuring Isobel’s War (Kate Saffin) and Idle Women and Judies (Heather Wastie). Here are some comments from the audience over the summer:

A wartime evening (without the bombs!). Nostalgia, fun, and a really good time

Just got back to boat after an amazing night at the Navigation at Gnosall watching Alurum’s amazing performance of the idle Women of the wartime waterways. It was beautiful, emotional and bloody funny.

Great evening – well worth 17 locks to see!!

ps: the 17 locks aren’t obligatory, you can just walk or get the train, or the bus, or drive…

It’s a free show (donations welcome); however, you can reserve a place to be sure of a seat as the dock has limited space and we’re hoping for a good crowd.

Saturday Oct 1st 2.30pm A very special matinee of Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways web_imgp0768

…because you get a wartime tea as part of the deal. We’ve changed it from ticketed (because we’ve had a change of catering) to ‘pay what you can’. There will still be cake!

Reserve your seat (or a whole table) online at Eventbrite

Or in person from Tooley’s during opening hours (Tues-Fri 10-2), reserve by phone 01865 364095 or email ‘tickets (at) [ignore the brackets and substitute @ for ‘at’]. There may be some available on the door but they will be limited so book in advance to be sure of your sandwiches and cake.

And if you’d like to know more about the show or the performers,  then click on either of the pictures and it will take you to the Alarum website where you will find more about Kate, Heather and the wartime trainees.

Saturday Oct 1st 7pm: Boater’s Bash (but open to all)

We’ve drained the dock and we’re ready for a party! An evening of cabaret and a buffet for visiting boats, local boats, friends of boaters, people who once met a boater, people who like boats…

We’ll be serving a fish and chips supper from the Banbury Fish Bar (probably the best for miles around) with entertainment from Phil Underwood and Heather Wastie.

Tickets £10 for a wealth of entertainment and chips

Please reserve your place here and pay on the night.

Sunday 2nd 10am-4pm: Banbury Canal Day

As Banbury celebrates its canal heritage Tooleys and Theatre in the Dock will be right at the heart of the action. We’ll have a series of short pieces of theatre, stories, music and poetry – just the thing for a break from the crowds. Drop in whenever you want and stay as long as you like.