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A Poignant Tale - in the Adelaide Fringe

Updated: Mar 1, 2019

I had the great delight of seeing 'Hallowed Ground - Women Doctors in War' by Carolyn Bock and Helen Hopkins performed by The Shift Theatre in Tandanya last week (Feb) as part of the 2019 Adelaide Fringe. The play season in Adelaide has now finished but this terrific play relates the stories of four women drawn from the book 'Not For Glory - A century of service by medical women to the Australian Army and its Allies' by Susan J Neuhaus and Sharon Mascall-Dare. (Boolarong press).

I went to see it because one of the authors, Susan Neuhaus, is part of my writer's group, The Novelist Circle, (and she is writing a fiction novel which follows the same theme and is currently being prepared for publication). The play focused on the story of four women spanning World War One, World War Two, Iraq and Afghanistan, serving as medics over the course of the century.

Flyer for Hallowed Ground.
The Flyer for the play - Hallowed Ground by Shift Theatre

The book contains the many stories of numerous women, giving us the almost unheard history of women in medicine. It captures the lives of women too rarely heard.

A wonderful book of the real-life experiences of women in war.

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