The Idle Women: 2018

Following our wonderful week touring the show to venues around Oxford we are taking a break from performing. But there will be no idling, we’ll be planning next year’s spring and summer tours.

And you can catch us on BBC Countryfile on Sunday November 12th. We spent the day with Ellie Harrison and the crew filming at Stoke Bruerne last week – a wonderful experience and we’re looking forward to how they distill all that going up and down the flight into six minutes.

Want to know more about the trainees? You can find out more about the books and diaries they wrote as well as articles, interviews and newsreel film  HERE.


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Praise for Idle Women 2017

 ‘Both women are exceptional storytellers, their performances brimming over with personality and linguistic virtuosity.’

-London City Nights, 5/4/17

‘Idle Women of the Waterway Waterways makes a delightful evening and if you find this show is coming to a canal near you then make an effort to catch it!’

-London Grip, 5/4/17

‘…eye opening, very funny and touching in equal quantities…what better way can there be to learn and think about something new than in the warm, hard-working hands of Kate Saffin and Heather Wastie?’

-Frost Magazine, 5/4/17

‘A powerful reminder of the crucial role women played in keeping the country running during the war.’

-Theatre Things, 26/4/17

Audience Comments 2017

‘A great show. Touching, funny & illuminating – a window onto a wartime world of some remarkable women.’

’Thoroughly exceeded my expectations.’  Helen

’One of the most enjoyable experiences I have had in a long time – Fabulous.’  David

‘Revelatory evening, and morning visit to the narrowboats – after living near the canal for 40 years it has come to life.’

‘A really great show told with so much fun, feeling and historical information transporting everyone back in time.’


Thank you to ABNB boat brokerage who have supported us since Autumn 2016 with advertising, flyers and posters. And to River Canal Rescue who provided breakdown cover – which, thankfully we didn’t need!