Barnbow Canaries

Thursday 27 to Saturday 29 September 2018

In 1916, at the Barnbow Munitions Factory in Leeds, an accident killed 35 women who worked to make shells for the war effort.

At the time these women’s deaths were hidden from the public, the official records only noting an “industrial accident”. This September Whitkirk Arts Guild are proud to tell their story in the play Barnbow Canaries, and to bring the tale back home by performing only a few hundred yards from the site of the accident.

Based on the true story of the Barnbow Lasses, this play shares the highs, the lows and the cost of supplying ammunition to the millions of troops on the fronts of the Great War.

Type of show Play
Full Price £8.00
Barnbow Social Club Member £7.00
Poster for Barnbow Canaries

The cast

Name Role
Ann-Marie Mallinson Swifty
Heather McDermott Edith
Helen Thomson Munitionette
Jane Gulliver Florence
Kate Bentley Sparrow
Keeley Row Munitionette
Keith Speight Parkin
Laura Wilkinson Agnes
Matthew Jackson Victor
Nick Jackson Bertie
Sean Robinson Doctor
Sheila Jameson Munitionette
Trish Thomson Munitionette

The crew

Name Role
Andrew Thomson Stage Manager
Claire Jackson Costumes
Gail Jackson Director
Ian Thomson Lighting & Sound
Laura Wilkinson Costumes
Louise Norbury-Robinson Musical Director
Lynne Bigland Bookings
Mike Jackson Director
Nick Jackson Publicity
Tim Bigland Props