Accompanied by well-loved Second World War era songs,Spitfire Dance tells the stories of pioneer female aviators—their courage, their daring and their frustrations. They were the women who dared compete in that most male of establishments: aviation.
Written and directed by Clint Ward. Starring Karen Cromar, Glen Bowser and Brian Jackson (Music Director).
Spitfire Dance opens with maverick pilot and writer Beryl Markham who says “We began when the sky was clean and ready for the sun…,” The play reveals the fascinating lives of pioneer women aviators like Markham, Amy Johnson, Amelia Earhart and Jackie Cochran. In Spitfire Dance, we enter a world where the important flying was considered to have been done by men. It was a world where hotshot Canadian pilot Helen Harrison, with more than 2000 hours in the sky – far more than most male recruits who were not required to have any flight experience – was rejected by the Royal Canadian Air Force for, as Harrison noted, “wearing a skirt”. Accompanied by well-loved Second World War era songs that lead into a rarified world, we learn the stories of these pioneer aviators—their courage, their daring and their frustrations. We learn about the price they paid when they dared to compete in that most male of establishments: aviation. But most of all, we learn about their very existence, a vibrant part of history that most of us simply do not know. It is part of our untold history. And as the 100thAnniversary of the Great War and the 70thanniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy are specially marked by memorials throughout 2014, Spitfire Dance will surely take its place among them in its celebration of the gutsy and talented women who took to the skies and also turned in their finest hour—however uncelebrated it has been until now.
There will a 15 minute intermission.