The Untold Story of Women on the Frontline Comes to The Hive

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A new play about the courage, bravery and exception of the women who drove ambulances from the bloody battle-fields to nearby hospitals during the First World War is being performed at The Hive on Saturday 2 May at 2.30pm and 7pm.

The play, F.A.N.Y, written by Bips Mawson and Leila Sykes, from Anonymous is a Woman Theatre Company (AIAWTC), is based on real accounts from the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry records (F.A.N.Y) and the Imperial War Museum.

Leila Sykes, from Malvern and joint founder of AIAWTC, said: “We took inspiration from the novel ‘Across the Blood Red Skies’ by Robert Radcliffe. So little had ever been said about these courageous war women, we felt that the centenary of the First World War is the perfect time for their story to finally be told.

“We first performed the play last year in Worcester to delegates from across the globe at the Women’s History Network Conference. We are now touring the play at 10 venues across the West Midlands as part of the Imperial War Museum Centenary Partnership.”

Anonymous is a Woman Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing engaging theatrical experiences to audiences on the unheard stories of women throughout history and across the world.

Tickets for the performances at 2.30pm and 7pm on Saturday 2 May at The Hive are £10 (£8 for concessions) and can be purchased online at or in person at The Hive, level 1 information pod.