Today I came through Harecastle Tunnel. It is wet and slimy. In the middle, subsidence closes the tunnel roof down about 3 feet. Its tiny. Lost a bit of paint.
Once a year the dry dock at Tooley’s is closed for the week. The dock is drained, pressure washed, and dried out for the coming festivities. Once prepped the stage arrives. Lighting, sound and performers. Rehearsals begin.
This year Kate Saffin performed ‘Idle Women’. A 50 minute play about the women who took the places of those boatmen who went to fight in WWll. Heater Wastie read her poetry and sang with the squeeze box as did Phil Underwood.
Kate in rehearsal.
If you’ve not been to Banbury Canal Day May I suggest you try and make it next year. Not only is it a fab day, but it is a fab weekend.
Kate Saffin organises a theatre production in the dry dock at Tooley’s on Friday this includes one of her one woman plays. This year there was also performances by Helen Wastie and Philip Underwood.
This years play was written and performed by Kate about the Idle Women.
Saturday sees the annual ‘Boater’s Bash’ also in the dry dock. 40 or so boaters get together for a …….get together. Fish and chips and bring your own bottle. There is also entertainment in the form of Helen and Philip. Steve Haywood read from one of his books.
Sunday is Canal Day proper. Boats, stalls, fair, etc Kate does short renditions in the the dock, excerpts from her various plays. Helen, Philip and Steve Haywood fill in spaces where they can. Even I read some of my work.
It is a good weekend, not to be missed.
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But what does it mean?
Those who are aficionados of the Muddy Waters collection of children’s books will be pleased to know that there is a new book out. It was first sold at the Banbury Canal Day. It is an anthology of Muddy Waters and includes a new story in America.
This is a must have book.
Get your copy at the web site.