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23 January, 2020 - 29 January, 2020
01 January, 2020 - 06 April, 2020
27 February, 2019 - 28 February, 2019
Her simple solution saved the Spitfire - and probably Britain
2TimeTheatre and Rachel O'Neill present
Directed by: Dan O'Neill
Running time: Approx 40mins
Recommended age 14+
Waterlooville girl Beatrice Shilling was a pioneering engineer in Britain’s race to dominate the skies at the start of WWII.
Fascinated by speed, 23-year-old Beatrice super-charged her Norton motorbike to 106mph, winning the Gold Medal at Brooklands. As one of a handful of female aircraft engineers, she solved the design flaw that caused the deaths of British pilots when their Spitfires spiralled out of control during dogfights with the Luftwaffe. Cheekily known as ‘Miss Shilling’s Orifice’, her simple gadget helped the RAF gain dominance in the skies in the crucial ariel conflicts of WWII.
This drama tells the story of that ground-breaking discovery, of her intimate female friendships, and her frequent clashes with those in authority as she strives to make her voice heard in a war run by men.
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