Gas Girls’ World War Two tale to be staged at Blakehay Theatre in Weston-super-Mare

Gas Girls will be shown at The Blakehay Theatre.

Gas Girls will be shown at The Blakehay Theatre. - Credit: Sub

The story of women who worked in factories filling shells with deadly mustard gas during World War Two will be told in a show at Weston-super-Mare’s Blakehay Theatre.

Gas Girls will be shown at The Blakehay Theatre.

Gas Girls will be shown at The Blakehay Theatre. - Credit: Sub

Gas Girls reveals how Avonmouth was the centre of Britain’s chemical warfare industry, where hundreds of women and girls were employed. Their work was so dangerous, several of them died.

The show tells the story of their hardships, but also their friendships and the humour which bound them.

Artistic director Neil Beddow said: “This is an amazing story, and the more we’ve found out, the more amazing it has become.

“The Government had decided mustard gas was key to winning the war, and the women worked in extraordinarily dangerous conditions, with terrible consequences to their health. But they kept going, they kept working.”


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Gas Girls will be at The Blakehay Theatre on Saturday.

Tickets, priced £4, are available at www.acta-bristol.com or 01179 532448.

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