Arts & Culture
New show sheds light on extraordinary WWII journalist and her scoop of the century

The story of a journalist who made her career with the scoop of the century is hitting the stage at The Pound Arts Centre this month.

Marking 80 years since the start of WWII, award winning PaddleBoat Theatre Company have created a new family show celebrating the work of the extraordinary woman who broke the news with the world - Clare Hollingworth and the Scoop of the Century.

On August 29th 1939, a young intrepid journalist crossed over the border from Poland to Germany. There, she saw something that would change her life and history forever…

Clare Hollingworth was just 27 when she got her big scoop published in The Daily Telegraph - this story kickstarted a globe-trotting career reporting from the frontline.

PaddleBoat Theatre Company’s new show introduces this remarkable woman and the Second World War to children and families. The show is adventurous and fast paced - full to the brim with music, interaction and a theatre set full of surprises. It’s perfect for all the family, from ages 4-104.

‘PaddleBoat… have come up with a rare gem that delights children and adults of all ages….one of the finest examples of children’s theatre’ - Reviews Hub (for Margo & Mr. Whatsit)

PaddleBoat are bringing the show across the South West to theatres, schools, libraries and community spaces. The show will be touring from August through to November 2019 and reaching from Cornwall to Dorset up to Bristol. They have partnered with Libraries Unlimited, Doorstep Arts, Villages in Action as well as many local arts venues to bring the show across the region.

This show has been funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England - PaddleBoat have worked in 10 different schools to create this show, with young people from Devon all learning about Clare’s story along the way. Co-founder of PaddleBoat, Hattie Brown said: “We can’t wait to share Clare’s amazing story.

“She was a rebellious and fantastic role-model who lived until she was 105. It’s been so much fun workshopping the show in Devon schools and we’re really excited to share the finished performance with even more families.”

Clare Hollingworth and The Scoop of The Century will be at The Pound, Corsham, Tuesday 29 October.

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