Idle Women

Idle Women is a musical based on the lives of women who worked on canal boats in World War Two. The Busy Lizzies Theatre Company have devised a fun, heart warming, and informative piece of work which touches on the challenges, successes and joys of these women seeking adventure and a change from their lives away from “the cut”.

The work begins with an exploration of the women’s lives and relationships – with elements both deeply moving and comic. The second half introduces a surprising element which rocks at the core of the lives the women have built. Engaging, funny and emotional songs thread through the action.

This musical is suitable for children, accompanied by adults.

“The dialogue zings with humour and clever observation, revealing character traits through conversation in well-pitched performances from all the actors. Songs drive the narrative and range across musical styles, backed on ukulele, guitar, tin whistle, bodhrán and more.” Lisa Wolfe (Fringe Review)

“This show is musical theatre at its best. A brilliant and well adapted set, a brilliant story and songs which transcends the stage. Written by the excellent cast and accompanying musicians, it manages to embody the collective spirit of female emancipation with every emotion it is possible to convey in one show.” Andrew Melrose & Kairen Kemp (Brighton and Hove News)

Please see below the current running times:
Doors: 6pm
Start: 7pm
End: 9:30pm

Company: Busy Lizzies

Genre: Theatre

Duration: 150 mins

This event has an interval.

Venues: Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT)

Venue Accessibility:

Assistance Dogs Welcome Assistance Dogs Welcome

Wheelchair Accessible Wheelchair Accessible

Accessible Toilet Accessible Toilet

Step-free Access Step-free Access

For any queries about venue accessibility, including step free access, please contact box office.

Age suitability:
7+ (Guideline)

Babes in Arms policy:
Under 2's are allowed in for free on the lap of a guardian.

Content Warnings:


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May 30, 2024


Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT)

Please note the updated times for this event

Standard: £15

Conc: £13.50


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