DIGPREVIEW - Land Girls of Yorkshire
Badapple Theatre tour a comic story about the heroines of the Home Front
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Land Girls of Yorkshire
Recruited to fill the gap left when male farmworkers were called to the Front, The Women’s Land Army were part of the hidden world war effort. Over 100,000 of them hoed and ploughed and planted and milked and herded – whatever was necessary to keep food being produced. If, as the saying goes, an army marches on its stomach, a whole nation at war needs all the food it can get.
The story of the ‘Land Girls’ was popularised in the modern imagination by the 1998 film, starring Anna Friel, but that’s the showbiz version.
An earthier, closer-to-home take on the Land Girls story is being toured round the region by York-based Badapple Theatre during June and July.
It’s a new comedy, written and directed by Badapple’s own Kate Bramley, featuring original music by well-known folk singer, Jez Lowe.
The two-woman show follows Buff and Biddy, the archetypal city girl and country girl, who are more intent breaking hearts than breaking their backs for the war effort. Some girls just aren’t cut out for farming!
Land Girls of Yorkshire tours to a village hall somewhere near you, and, no doubt, near the very fields tilled by the Land Girls over half a century ago.