While holidaying in London in October 2015, Nambour Lind Theatre director Glenda Campi came upon a statue in St Martins Place. There was a note and wreath at the base, commemorating the centenary of the execution of the British nurse.
At the foot of the statue lay a wreath and a note. Intrigued, Glenda vowed to find out more about this courageous woman.
Glenda is well known in Sunshine Coast theatre circles as a director of true-life stories on stage. Her productions of The Miracle Worker and The Diary of Anne Frank were highly acclaimed.
She knew that the story of Edith Cavell would make a wonderful theatre event. Says Glenda: "This was my first connection with wanting to find a play about her, searching hard until I connected with the writer John Mangan, who had written a play for the anniversary, as she was held in such high regard for her selfless actions in helping hundreds of humans during the WW1."
In the first production of this play to be performed outside of Britain, the Lind proudly presents this profound and moving story.
About the play: It is 1915. English nurse, Edith Cavell, has been captured by the Germans and accused of treason. She has faced sixty days of near solitary confinement, interrogation and now a trial. Surely the Germans will not execute a woman?
Yet, Edith Cavell is facing another trial, alone in her cell. Sixty days alone with nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. Edith Cavell is facing the silence.
Set in Edith's prison cell in Brussels, this play sets out to find meaning in her trials, discovering who she is and why she lived, how she travelled from a quiet Norfolk parish to a lonely prison cell in a foreign land.
It is only in recent years that the great heroism and sacrifice of World War 1 nurses has been truly recognised. This play is a brilliant introduction to the story one of them.
Naomi Clasohm as Edith Cavell. Photo: Creative Persona
The leading role is being played by Naomi Clasohm, well known not only as an actor but a drama educator.
Arrive early and enjoy a drink from the bar
Season February 2020 - 21,22,26,27,28,29 at 7.30pm
22 Feb at 2pm
23 Feb at 2pm
Tickets: Adult/16 $25, Members $20, Concession $23, Children $18, Group bookings 10 $20