acta theatre: Gas Girls
Steve Wright, April 24, 2017
“How would anyone even know there was a story to tell, if I said nothing? So I passed it on, the story, everything that happened, all about us Gas Girls”. Community theatre company acta reprise this riveting and moving story about Bristol women munitions workers in World War 1.
First performed in 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the start of WW1, the show sold out at venues across Bristol. It now returns for 2017 on a tour across the south-west.
In 1918, Avonmouth was the centre of Britain’s chemical warfare industry, with two factories making and filling shells with deadly mustard gas, employing hundreds of local women and girls. There were hundreds of accidents, nearly 3,000 casualties, and several deaths.
Gas Girls tells the story of these women, the beliefs that drove them, the hardships they lived with and the friendship and humour that bound them together.
Touring April-June 2017:
Apr 27-29: acta centre, Bedminster (BSL performance Apr 28)
May 5: Rondo Theatre, Bath
May 19: Trinity Centre, Bristol
June 3: Blakehay Theatre, Weston
June 6: Stoke Park School, Bristol