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Hallowed Ground – Women Doctors in War

Friday 15 - Sunday 17 February, 2019
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Tandanya
253 Grenfell St
Adelaide

The coming week (Friday 15 February 2019) will see the South Australian Premiere of the play Hallowed Ground: Women Doctors at War.  Based on the book ’Not For Glory’ written by South Australian army veteran and surgeon, Colonel Susan Neuhaus CSC (Retd) and Dr Sharon Mascall-Dare, who is currently an Army Reservist and Afghanistan veteran.  The book documents a century of service by medical women of the Australian Army and its Allies. 

The play is presented by The Shift Theatre and will run for five performances at the Tandanya Theatre, 253 Grenfell Street, Adelaide from Friday 15 February until Sunday 17 February 2019.  Matinee performances are available on Saturday and Sunday.

Set against the vast landscape of world conflict from World War One to contemporary times, four women unite across a century to share their personal stories of active service as doctors in the military.

The play was performed in Melbourne in 2018 and described by Dr Brendan Nelson AO, Director, Australian War Memorial as:

Moving, inspiring and educational, this is a true must-see for everyone but especially young women who need to believe they can achieve anything in life and overcome any obstacle.

Hallowed Ground is a stunning piece of theatre. Four actresses with minimalist props bring to life the stories of women doctors who faced not only the bloody horror and adversities of war, but hurtful discrimination.

Lilian, a surgeon in her fifties, denied military service in World War One, travels abroad to join The Scottish Women’s Hospital, serving in the remote Balkan snowfields.

In World War Two, Mary, a specialist radiologist, was also denied service with the Australian Army, finds herself the only woman among 3000 British troops bound for the Middle East.

As a peacekeeper on active service in Iraq, young doctor Tam, plagued by dreams of fleeing war-torn Saigon, reconciles her own refugee experience while rehabilitating the displaced Kurdish people.  

Catherine, a surgeon in Afghanistan, reflects on the journeys of the remarkable women who paved the way for her own experience as a modern military doctor.

In these and myriad stories  of revelation, loss, struggle and kinship; moments of hope and humour punctuate the otherwise harrowing task of conflict medicine.

 

For more information, and to purchase tickets, click here.


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