Hallowed Ground – Women Doctors in War

hallowed-ground-women-doctors-in-warHALLOWED GROUND – WOMEN DOCTORS IN WAR


Hallowed Ground – Women Doctors in War is a composite of first hand experiences of Australian women doctors in the military. It spans a century of service that mirrors the change in societal values in the recognition of women.

The play investigates World War 1 pioneers who, after being denied service in Australia,  served with great distinction in Allied hospitals in Europe and elsewhere, outfits staffed predominantly by women. In World War 2, at home and abroad, they determined to serve again as surgeons, radiologists, pathologists and researchers, and were finally granted admission within the Australian Army. From Vietnam to the Middle East, as peacekeepers and in times of humanitarian crisis and war, women doctors continue to serve our military with growing numbers and significant ranks bringing cultural diversity, expertise and humanity to the harrowing task of conflict medicine.

Three rehearsed readings of Hallowed Ground – Women Doctors in War were presented in December 2016 as part of La Mama’s Exploration Season. This performance outcome was part of the first development phase funded by the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund, presented by The Shift Theatre, Auspicious Arts Projects and La Mama Theatre. In 2017 Hallowed Ground – Women Doctors in War has generated significant interest. The Australian Medical Association (AMA), invited The Shift Theatre to share a short excerpt of the current script at their National Conference in May 2017.  The play was also selected for Showcase Victoria where this excerpt was presented. The Showcase platform is enabling us to connect through Regional Arts Victoria with regional and interstate venues for future touring. For information on the tour or to book the production contact Samantha Butterworth sbutterworth@rav.net.au or Dale Packard dpackard@rav.net.au at Regional Arts Victoria.

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Photo by Nancy Flammea of Captured Image Photography Melbourne