What was it like for the women who kept the home fires burning during the Second World War?
Did they agonize for loved ones they were parted from for years? How did they cope?
And, did they really paint lines on the back of their legs when they didn’t actually have silk stockings to wear?
Canadian World War II drama Waiting for the Parade, presented April 28 to May 7 at the Coast Capital Playhouse in White Rock (1532 Johnston Road), is filled with insight.
Set in Calgary during the war years, John Murrell’s play explores the lives of five very different women.
Director Wendy Bollard turned to local experts to help flesh out the nuances to the story.
“I am very thankful that these women have opened up their lives to me, it has been so helpful in directing this play.”
Cloverdale’s Middy Lundy was one of them. She lived in Saskatchewan during the war, and was able to offer first-hand recollections.
“It was great to be able to ask Middy and all the other ladies what it was really like. Did you really paint your legs?” Bollard says. “What was it like to wait for six years to be over?”