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Written by Ed Waugh
Directed by Russell Floyd
Starring Lauren Waine
Having scored theatre gold with their collaborations on Hadaway Harry, Carrying David and The Great Joe Wilson (now a book of plays called Geordie Plays: Volume One), South Shields-based writer Ed Waugh and director Russell Floyd team up again to bring to life the incredible story of WWI women's football.
When men were called up in 1916 after slaughter in the trenches, women flooded into the munitions factories and saved the war effort. Despite their dangerous jobs and long hours these heroic Munitionettes also played football to raise money for wartime charities.
Teams were formed throughout the country, including many dozens in the North East - playing in front of crowds ranging from 4,000 to 22,000 people!
A novelty at first, these selfless women soon forged competitive, skilful sides and superstars emerged. The top team in the region was the unbeaten Blyth Spartans Ladies, and Bella Reay was their free-scoring superstar. With 133 goals in 30 matches , Wor Bella was the Alan Shearer of her day.
With no leagues, and matches deemed to be "friendlies", what made the North East unique was that 30 teams competed in a knock-out competition for the Alfred Wood Cup.
Wor Bella is the story of Blyth Spartans Ladies' remarkable Munitionettes' Cup victory in May 1918.
For more info on Wor Bella click here.
Friday, March 25 - BLYTH PHOENIX THEATRE (2.30pm & 7.30pm)
Saturday, March 26 - BLYTH PHOENIX THEATRE (7.30pm)
Telephone (01670) 367228
or visit box office (opening hours Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10.30am - 12.30pm)
Monday, March 28 - QUEEN'S HALL ART CENTRE, HEXHAM (7.30pm)
Box Office (01434) 652477
Tuesday, March 29 - NEWCASTLE THEATRE ROYAL STUDIO (7.30pm)
Wednesday, March 30 - NEWCASTLE THEATRE ROYAL STUDIO (2pm & 7pm)
Box Office 08448 11 21 21 (Calls cost 7ppm plus your phone company's access charge).
Thursday, March 31 - ALNWICK PLAYHOUSE (7.30pm)
Box office (01665) 660550
Friday, April 1 - Playhouse Whitley Bay (7.30pm)
Accessible Booking Line: 0191 251 5484
Saturday, April 2 - WESTOVIAN THEATRE, SOUTH SHIELDS (2.30pm & 7.30pm)
Via (0191) 4550608 or 07960066377