Northern Sabbatical Productions. 

Never Let the Crew See You Cry.

An (Almost) True Story by Linda Wood Edwards.

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Synopsis.

The story of Alberta’s own “Bomb Girls” comes to life. In WW2, women became mechanics at Air Training Schools all over Canada. Ethel Wood chases dreams of being a pilot while finding friendship and romance in this (almost) all true story.

Inspiration.

Never Let the Crew See You Cry focuses on the stories of Ethel Wood, mother of playwright Linda Wood Edwards. Ethel lied about her age to get a job as a Flight Line Mechanic, and proved a natural at both the technical elements of the job and the psychological minefield of dealing with terrified student pilots from a hundred different cultures. Building on her mother’s outrageous tales, Wood Edwards has crafted vivid portraits of friendship, romance, and an emerging sense of what roles women can take on in a post-war society.

Learn more about Ethel Wood and her story, here.

“To A War Ace”.

“You had a job to do – you did it well.
We were all as proud as you when you came home sporting your medals on your chest.
I had a job to do – I did it well.
I never received any medals, but I could handle screw-drivers and wrenches with the best of them.
Aren’t you glad I did?”

-Ethel Wood (excerpt from her poem)

The Buzz.

“Gives the audience an informative look at the life of an amazing woman and an important time in Canadian history.” –EDMONTON JOURNAL

“A charming and light romp through an era that made heroes of ordinary men and women, and celebrates the tales of those behind the scenes who were just as dedicated to fighting the good fight as those on the front lines.” –EDMONTON JOURNAL

“The story has historical value and there is no denying the pluck of these pioneering women.” –GLOBAL

“The dialogue was wonderfully written, with plenty of laughs and plenty of singing along from the audience.” –RETRO REPORTER

“The talented crew of three showed their full range as each masterfully switched from one role to the next to create a rich scene with a well-rounded cast of wartime characters.” –EDMONTON SUN

History.

Edmonton and Vermilion 2016.

Showed at: Edmonton and Vermilion
Date: November, 2016
Directed by: David Cheoros
Starred: Laura Raboud; Alex D. Mackie; Judy McFerran

Toured 2015.

Showed at: All over Alberta
Date: January/February, 2015
Directed by: David Cheoros
Starred: Laura Raboud; Alex D. Mackie; Judy McFerran

Fringe 2013.

Showed at: Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival
Date: August 17-25, 2013
Directed by: David Cheoros
Starred: Laura Raboud; Alex D. Mackie; Judy McFerran