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Tilly and the Spitfires

27 February, 2019 - 28 February, 2019

Her simple solution saved the Spitfire - and probably Britain

  • wheelchair access
  • hearing enhancement
  • assistance dogs

2TimeTheatre and Rachel O'Neill present

Tilly and the Spitfires

Wednesday 27th Febraury 8:00pm and Thursday 28th February 6:30pm at NST City Studio

Part of the Make It SO season at NST

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.




Rehearsal Video


Tickets: £5

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