Spitfire Dance - A musical honouring pioneer female aviators


Female aviation legend Amelia Earhart

Female aviation legend Amelia Earhart

This new musical act, premiering at the Canadian War Museum, brings to life the relatively untold story of the courageous female pilots who broke gender barriers and took to the skies at a time when flying was not only dangerous, but considered a men's-only sphere.

The play is written and directed by Canadian playwright Clint Ward and tells the stories of aviation heroes such as Jacqueline Cochran, Beryl Markham, Amy Johnson and Amelia Earhart.

Speaking about the play, Ward said, “Spitfire Dance was written to honour the remarkable achievements of female aviation pioneers in general aviation and wartime settings, such as their crucial contribution to the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War."

He added: “This is a play about remembrance that aims to inspire young Canadian females regarding aviation as a career choice and provides everyone with a trip back in time that is especially fitting this year, which marks the 100th anniversary of the Great War and the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy.”

The musical is being put on by Spitfire productions, and will be performed in the Canadian War Museum’s Barney Danson Theatre. There will be seven showings from October 23-26, 2014.

Tickets can be bought online at www.warmuseum.ca or via telephone - 1-800-555-5621.

After the showings at the War Museum, the play will to travel to Hudson Quebec's Village Theatre where the eight showings from November 5-9 are almost sold out.