An original piece of Australian theatre created in conjunction with the World War One centenary, Through These Lines follows army nurse Sister Florence Whiting’s tour of duty. Based on the letters and diaries of Australian Army nurses who served during World War One, the play depicts Sister Florence’s four year journey from her time on the troopship Kyarra, through to her service in the Dardanelles, Lemnos, Egypt, France and the Western Front.

Writer Cheryl Ward envisaged the play to be perfomed in historically significant venues that hark back to the environment in which Sister Florence and her fellow army nurses worked.

“The medical staff worked in basements, tents and bunkers, old asylums and orphanages, chateaux and ships — anywhere patients could be attended to in relative safety. They had to improvise and experiment. This is the atmosphere I want to evoke,” says Cheryl.

Through These Lines is set to tour regional New South Wales, with a total of nine shows, the first four of which have been announced on the play’s website.

Current tour dates include:

Visit the Through These Lines website and Facebook page for more information about upcoming tour dates in Coffs Harbour, Lithgow, Manildra, Cootamundra and Mittagong.

Click on the image to read more and book tickets to the shows.

Click on the image to read more and book tickets to the shows.

In 2011 the good people behind Through These Lines went to Lemnos to find the Australian hospitals and Anzac sites on Turks Head. We’ve included some of the amazing photos and “Then & Now” mashups that came from that trip. Click on the images to read more about the trip and view more of the collection.

Portianos Military Cemetery. Original photo by A.W. Savage | The firing after the Burial. Lemnos Island, c. 1915 | Courtesy of the State Library of NSW

Portianos Military Cemetery. Original photo by A.W. Savage | The firing after the Burial. Lemnos Island, c. 1915 | Courtesy of the State Library of NSW

The Cemetery at Lemnos. Reading the Burial Service | Courtesy of the State Library of NSW

The Cemetery at Lemnos. Reading the Burial Service | Courtesy of the State Library of NSW

Australian soldiers from Anzac Cove arriving at Lemnos Island, Greece during the Gallipol campaign. | Original photo by A.W. Savage. Courtesy of The University of Queensland, Fryer Library

Australian soldiers from Anzac Cove arriving at Lemnos Island, Greece during the Gallipol campaign. | Original photo by A.W. Savage. Courtesy of The University of Queensland, Fryer Library

Sisters lines after a storm. Two nurses and soldiers cleaning up after a storm on Lemnos Island, Greece | Original photo by A.W. Savage. Courtesy of The University of Queensland, Fryer Library

Sisters lines after a storm. Two nurses and soldiers cleaning up after a storm on Lemnos Island, Greece | Original photo by A.W. Savage. Courtesy of The University of Queensland, Fryer Library

Evacuation of our troops from the Peninsula. Barges conveyed them from transports to the Island. | Original photo by A.W. Savage.  December 1915 | Courtesy of the State Library of NSW

Evacuation of our troops from the Peninsula. Barges conveyed them from transports to the Island. | Original photo by A.W. Savage. December 1915 | Courtesy of the State Library of NSW