Four women. Many stories. A century of service.
Lilian, a surgeon in her fifties, denied military service in World War One, serves with the renowned Scottish Women’s Hospital in the remote Balkan snowfields. In World War Two, Mary, a radiologist, 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 is plagued by dreams of her own refugee experience, fleeing war-torn Saigon. 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. Four women converse across a century.
Hallowed Ground – Women Doctors in War was realised with assistance from the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund, Auspicious Arts Projects and La Mama Theatre. It was performed at the Australian War Memorial, for The Australian Medical Association, Australasian Military Medical Association, a fundraising performance for Legacy and at La Mama’s Carlton Courthouse, Adelaide Fringe, regional Victoria with assistance from Regional Arts Victoria and at Edinburgh Fringe Festival winning a Summerhall Lustrum award
“Superb performances, an outstanding ensemble.”
“This is first class storytelling.”
The Plus Ones
“This work is a triumph.”
“The actors give powerful and honest performances.”
Adelaide Theatre Guide
“ **** Powerful, insightful and engaging”
**** Powerful, poignant and quietly political”
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Photo by Nancy Flammea of Captured Image Photography Melbourne
Co-Founder of The Shift Theatre
CAROLYN BOCK (Co-producer and performer) Co-Founder of The Shift Theatre, Carolyn is a graduate of The Victorian College of the Arts and her extensive performance career over 25 years has spanned dance and drama.
VERITY CHARLTON is a Melbourne actor and comedian, with a Bachelor of Theatre and Drama from La Trobe University. She is a founding member of Red Stitch Actors Theatre, where she performed in 16 productions; including The Country, Love and Understanding and Iron. Other theatre credits include, Operation Dolores, Stories from the Flatlands, The Commission, Blue Murder, Eight Days and Odd Seas for La Mama.
CHI NGUYEN was born in Vietnam and currently based in Melbourne, Chi Nguyen’s credits at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) include Mother Courage in Mother Courage (dir. Chris Kohn), Jackie in The Boys (dir. Alister Smith) and Masha in The Three Sisters (dir. Melanie Beddie).
Catherine is a recipient of the Ewa Czajor Award for female directors and the Peter Summerton Award for directing.
Meg White is an architect, set designer and performer. She has been creating designs and performing for more than 23 years.
Abe Pogos has mostly worked as a scriptwriter since graduating from the VCA School of Drama in 1984. He has had a number of scripts professionally produced for theatre, film, TV and radio but in recent years has added music theatre writing to his repertoire.
Production and Stage Manager
Rebecca Etchell is a freelance Production Manager, Stage Manager, Lighting and Set designer based in Melbourne.
Richard Vabre is a freelance lighting designer who has lit productions for MTC, STC, Malthouse Theatre, Belvoir Street, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Victorian Opera, Windmill Theatre, Arena Theatre Company, NICA, The Darwin Festival, Stuck Pig’s Squealing, Chambermade, Rawcus, Red Stitch, Polyglot, Melbourne Worker’s Theatre, Aphids and many many productions at La Mama.