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Fiona-Jane Weston in Wartime Women: The Khaki Cabaret

 

Wartime Women The Khaki CabaretFiona-Jane Weston Honours the Legacy of Great British Heroines in Wartime Women: The Khaki Cabaret

Prior to the release of the widely anticipated British drama film, Suffragettes, Fiona-Jane Weston joins fellow actors Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep in celebrating the legacy of women who paved the way for today’s modern woman. To mark the centenary of the First World War, critically acclaimed actress/singer/storyteller Fiona-Jane presents Wartime Women: the Khaki Cabaret at London’s renowned Hospital Club (30th June) and St James Theatre (2nd July).

In Wartime Women: The Khaki Cabaret, an affectionate tribute, with song, verse and personal accounts, Fiona-Jane plays homage to the courageous women of wartime Britain. In recognition of the women who fought for both country and women’s rights, Fiona-Jane brings to life the stories of Suffragettes and other heroines in a two-part one woman show.

For the first time, ‘ordinary’ women became pilots, mechanics and engineers.  They made munitions, worked the land and performed daring acts of espionage behind enemy lines.  Things would never be the same again! Often moving and frequently funny, the celebrated mistress of dramatic cabaret, Fiona-Jane Weston, will re-create the excitement of times that changed our world forever.

The two-part show opens with a royal welcome from Queen Elizabeth I, and then follows roughly in chronological order through to the World Wars.  With help from Jane Austen, Vera Brittain, WW1 women poets, women Spitfire pilots, John Betjeman and many others, Fiona-Jane explores the extraordinary lives of ‘ordinary’ women.    With musical direction by Jennifer Cook, songs include ‘Marieke’ (Jacques Brell), ‘The Girls with Bright Yellow Hands’ (David Stevenson), Arthur Schwarz’s comic ‘They’re Either Too Young or Too Old’ and ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’ (Ivor Novello).
In addition to its London premier, Wartime Women: the Khaki Cabaret will also be staged at the atmospheric WW1 soldiers’ retreat house, Talbot House, near Ypres in Belgium on September 13th. The show will then return to the UK for a national tour at the end of the year.

Listings:
30th June 2014 – The Hospital Club, London
2nd July 2014 – St James Studio, London 8:00 pm
25th September 2014 – The Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
8th November 2014 – Chapel Arts Centre, Bath
7th February 2015 – Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs, Kent
14th February 2015 – Rondo Theatre, Bath

For further info:
Please visit: http://www.fionajaneweston.com/

Thursday 19th June 2014

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