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:
- Newcastle at Fort Scratchley, 24 July – 5 August
- South West Rocks at Trial Bay Gaol, 8 August – 10 August
- Coffs Harbour at Bunker Cartoon Gallery, 13 – 17 August. Click here for info
- Lismore at Lismore City Hall, 20 August. Click here for info
- Lithgow at the Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum, 22-24 August. Click here for info
- Manildra at the Soldiers Memorial Hall, 26-27 August. Click here for info
- Cootamundra at the Coota Club, 29-30 August. Click here for info
- Wagga Wagga at Kyeamba Smith Hall, 2 September. Click here for info
- Mittagong at Mittagong Playhouse, 4 September. Click here for info
- Sydney at the Australian National Maritime Museum, 26 Sep – 5 Oct. Click here for info
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.