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Swan Canaries, Coming to Stapleford

29th June 2014 Stapleford Community Group, Upcoming Events Tags: , 0 Comments


The Arletty Theatre is touring with a drama based on the women workers at what is now Chetwynd Barracks, who made half the shells used by the British Army in the First World War.

The Canary girls were so called because the chemicals used in making the shells turned their skin yellow. The play is being performed at Trowell, Chilwell and at the Stapleford WW1 commemorations.

Newly created for the centenary of World War I in 2014, Swan Canaries is a musical play about the Chilwell Canary Girls, who packed shells for the front at the biggest factory of its kind in England.

Starting with a teadance, the play includes songs from the era, comedy and exciting physical theatre. It is currently touring, and will go on until the centenary of the explosion in 2018!

This performance will take place from 3pm on Saturday 2nd August at the Walter Parker VC Square here in Stapleford,  this is part of the Stapleford Remembers commemorative event currently being organised by Stapleford Community Group with help and support from other groups, organisations and individuals.

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