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Preview: Canary at Gosforth Civic Theatre

Three women.
One war.
And a ton of TNT.

Newcastle Gosforth Civic Theatre
Friday 30th November 2018

North East theatre collective, Fun in the Oven Theatre, is touring their explosive new show ‘Canary’ across the UK this November, telling incredible untold stories from the First World War.

‘Canary’ follows a motley crew of munitions workers doing their bit for the war effort. Set in a shell factory, the characters are based on the real life testimonies of the Canary Girls, whose work with toxic chemicals turned their skins bright yellow.  

‘Canary’ is no museum piece, it’s a multi-disciplinary show combining vibrant physical theatre with innovative sound design; this darkly comical show has been created in collaboration with the award-winning Spanish physical theatre company Teatro En Vilo.

“The show has been created from historical research,” explained company member Katie Tranter, “we were fascinated by the lives of these women and decided to explore their stories in detail with material discovered at the Tyne and Wear Archives, Gretna’s Devil’s Porridge Museum and the Imperial War Museums. We found some truly incredible testimonies. By 1916, millions of women had been recruited into the war effort, they formed factory football teams, wore shorts for the first time and they suddenly had their own money - hitting the pubs on a Friday night...a social revolution!”

The international creative team includes sound composer Roma Yagnik, director Andrea Jimenez, film maker Lesley Anne Rose, movement director Noemi Fernandez and performers Alys North, Robyn Hambrook and Katie Tranter. The show was developed with the guidance of academic Dr Tracy Elisabeth Gillman.

‘Canary’ will tour to nine venues across the UK this November, to coincide with the centenary of the 1918 Armistice.

The tour is supported by the Arts Council England and Sunday for Sammy. It is also a partner of the Royal British Legion's Thank You Campaign which is encouraging the nation to say Thank You to the First World War generation who served, sacrificed and changed our world. The tour is produced in association with Carole W Productions.

Cast & Creatives:
Performers: ​Robyn Hambrook, Alys North & Katie Tranter
Director: ​Andrea Jimenez
Movement Director: ​Noemi Fernandez
Dramaturgs: ​Andrea Jimenez & Noemi Fernandez
Sound Designer: ​Roma Yagnik
Voice Over: ​Lawrence Neale
Filmmaker: ​Lesley Ann Rose
Costume Designer: ​Amy Jones at the Art Emporium & Sam Fisher
Historical Consultant: ​Tracy Gillman

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Photos: Chris Bishop 

Suitable for audiences 12+ with parental guidance (contains references of a sexual nature and mild swearing).

Friday 30th November at Gosforth Civic Theatre, 1.30pm & 7.30pm -

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