From 25 April to 15 June 2019 the Anzac Memorial at Hyde Park, Sydney, will be showing a new theatre piece derived from the true stories of five remarkable women during the First World War.
A powerful and moving drama filled with insight and poignancy that is derived directly from the true stories of five remarkable women during the First World War.
Be transported by a short film into Sister Mary ‘Margorie’ Marr’s autograph book. Sr Marr collected the signatures, poetry and musings of the soldiers who returned to Australia to recover from the trauma of Gallipoli.
Following the film, Devoted Service then immerses the audience in four different experiences of war. The piece features actual words and personal accounts from the diaries and letters of three nurses and a matron:Clementina Marshall, Muriel Wakeford, Alice Cashin and Evelyn Wright. Witness how, from the moment the last ribbon connecting them to Sydney breaks, through to the end and aftermath of the war in 1918/19, the courage and conviction of these women endures.
At times humorous and always heartbreakingly human, this new, live performance piece, created and produced by the Anzac Memorial, is a catalyst for further exploration.
At the conclusion of the piece, Anzac Memorial Guides will lead the audience to the Centenary Exhibition to further explore the nurses’ personal objects on display.
Emma Jackson and Emma Palmer
Soldiers: Tristan Black, Sean Hall, Timothy Langan and Drew Wilson
Directed by Lincoln Hall
Find out more here.
Image credit: Aboriginal people fishing in Woolloomooloo Bay near Paddington. Charles Rodius, 1833. (State Library of NSW, PXA 997)