Women at war with F.A.N.Y at London’s Arts Theatre


As part of an event celebrating Women in the West End the innovative theatre company, Anonymous Is A Woman, is staging a drama about the bravery of the country’s wartime field nurses.

F.A.N.Y (First Aid Nursing Yeomanry) is the headline production in a three-week programme featuring performance, new writing, creativity and networking. It runs at the Arts Theatre studio space, Above The Arts, in March.

The play is about five women in war, a fascinating tale of comradeship and the ordinary women who did extraordinary things.

F.A.N.Y tells the incredible story of the women who drove ambulances from the front line of the bloody battlefields to the nearby hospitals in France.

A startling new play about courage, bravery & redemption, this evocative production immerses you in the front-line reality of the Great War from a rarely seen woman’s perspective.

Little has been said about these war women. 100 years after the First World War, now is the time for their story to be heard.

The production is based on real accounts from the F.A.N.Y records and the Imperial War Museum, and is inspired by the novel Across The Blood-Red Skies by Robert Radcliffe.

The cast is Madeleine Gould, Bips Mawson, Henri Merriman, Leila Sykes and Stella Taylor.

After performing an extract at last year’s Women’s History Network Conference in Worcester to delegates from across the globe, the company has recently completed a tour of the West Midlands as part of the Imperial War Museum’s Centenary Partnership.

Anonymous Is A Woman Theatre Company tells the unheard stories of women throughout history and across the world.

The company was set up by two graduates of the Drama Centre London, Bips Mawson and Leila Sykes, as a reaction against the lack of female roles in the industry.

Women in the West End runs at Above the Arts, from March 14 – April 2. with Anonymous Is A Woman Theatre Company hosting. F.A.N.Y runs from March 15-April 2.

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