The Handmaidens of Death

Tracy Gillman

The Handmaidens of Death is an audiovisual experience which focuses on the role of women in Tyneside’s First World War industrial economy and how these changing roles affected their lives and their perception of themselves.

An intimate performance, The Handmaidens of Death uses archival images of female munitions workers on Tyneside from the First World War, archival dramatic and documentary text along with current creative writing to create a looped audio-visual experience that will be projected onto walls and floor to surround the observers.


Tracy Gillman is an actor, writer and director currently engaged in doctoral studies in Creative Writing at Newcastle University. Her PhD work-in-progress The Disappearance of Spoons has been given readings, funded by Newcastle University Institute of Creative Arts Practice, at Live Theatre, Culture Lab and Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts. Elements of this work will be used in The Handmaidens of Death.