Tiger Moth loop the loop treat for Watermill's Amy Johnson
The Watermill Theatre’s latest production, Lone Flyer: The Last Flight of Amy Johnson by local playwright Ade Morris, tells the remarkable life story of the pioneering pilot Amy Johnson. Amy was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia in 1930 and she undertook this remarkable journey in a second-hand de Havilland Gipsy Moth plane, affectionately nicknamed ‘Jason’.
During the show’s final week of rehearsals the cast, along with members of the creative team, got the chance to see two authentic de Havilland planes, a Tiger Moth and a Puss Moth, formerly owned and flown by Amy’s husband, fellow pilot Jim Mollison.
Louise Willoughby, who plays Amy Johnson in the show, had the unique opportunity to fly in the Tiger Moth with the plane’s owner, Hungerford-based Tim Williams.
The pair flew towards The Watermill as well as performing a few air tricks including a loop the loop to delight the onlooking group.
Lone Flyer runs at The Watermill until Saturday, September 25, with socially distanced performances available and transfers to Hull Truck Theatre from October 7 to 30. For more information, visit https://www.watermill.org.uk/ or call the box office on (01635) 46044.