Unlocking canal history

MORE than 250 years of history will be told as a theatre production visits the area at the weekend.

Where the Working Boats Went is the story about the history of the inland waterways which will be coming to Braunston Village Hall on Saturday.

The show is told through music and drama and is presented by Life and Times, made up of Barry Goodman and Graeme Meek.

The tale boasts 12 new songs and tunes written by the duo as well as songs from other writers and well-known folk tunes.

Where the Working Boats Went charts the history of the canals in Britain. It ranges from the first industrial waterway, built by James Brindley in 1759, through the years of the canal marina to the decline of trade due to the competition from the railways. It will also showcase the revival of the canals in the late 20th century as an alternative holiday destination.

The story is told in the words of the people who lived and worked on the canals and there will be plenty of opportunities for the audience to join in with the choruses.

Where the Working Boats Went has been seen at many major folk festivals, including Sidmouth, Chippenham, Shrewsbury and Cheltenham as well as the Gloucester Waterways Museum and theatres, arts centres and village halls throughout the country.

The show is in two parts. The first half revolves around the early 1870s while the second half looks at the late 1950s and discusses the future of the canals.

Each part lasts 45 minutes with an interval in the middle.

The show starts at 8pm and tickets are available for £8. They can be bought from the post office in Braunston, online by visiting www.wegottickets.com/event/130992 or by calling Barry Goodman on 01462 456811.

For more information on the production and the company, visit www.lifeandtimes.info.