Hallowed Ground by The Shift Theatre

Set against the vast landscape of world conflict from World War One to contemporary times, four women unite across a century to share their personal stories of active service in the military.

Lilian, a surgeon in her fifties, denied military service in World War one, travels abroad to join The Scottish Women’s Hospital, serving in the remote Balkan snowfields. In World War Two, Mary, a specialist radiologist, she too denied service with the Australian Army, finds herself the only woman among 3000 British troops bound for the Middle East. As a peacekeeper on active service in Iraq, young doctor Tam, plagued by dreams of fleeing war torn Saigon, reconciles her own refugee experience while rehabilitating the displaced Kurdish people.   Catherine, a surgeon in Afghanistan, reflects on the journeys of the remarkable women who paved the way for her own experience as a modern military doctor. In these and myriad stories of revelation, loss, struggle and kinship; moments of hope and humour punctuate the otherwise harrowing task of conflict medicine.

Hallowed Ground is Inspired by personal diaries, historical documents, face to face interviews and in particular a unique ongoing collaboration with Professor Susan Neuhaus who served as a surgeon in Afghanistan and elsewhere, her career with The Australian Army spanning over twenty years. Her book - 'Not for Glory: A Century of Service by Medical Women to the Australian Army and it’s Allies’ addressed her questions about her own profession and her desire to know how positions like her came to be. Who came before her? Who were these women? What motivated them? Why don't we know these stories? How have women today benefited from their experience?

These questions resonated with us. How can we contribute to their legacy for future generations? If these women could speak to each other-and to an audience-what would they say? 

Poignant and authentic, Hallowed Ground will appeal to audiences from teens to senior citizens.


5th Jun 2019 to 22nd Jun 2019

The Shift Theatre
Duration: 80 minutes, no interval
Artforms: Theatre, Drama
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Date Venue Location More info
5th Jun 2019 Riverlinks Eastbank 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton, 3630
6th Jun 2019 Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre Cnr Ovens and Ford Streets, Wangaratta, 3677
11th Jun 2019 West Gippsland Arts Centre Albert Street, Warragul, 3820
13th Jun 2019 Latrobe Performing Arts Centre Cnr Breed and Grey Streets, Traralgon, 3844
14th Jun 2019 The Wedge 70 Foster St, Sale, 3820
15th Jun 2019 Forge Theatre and Arts Hub 80 McKean St, Bairnsdale, 3875
19th Jun 2019 Williamstown Town Hall 104 Ferguson St, Williamstown, 3016
20th Jun 2019 Kyneton Town Hall 129 Mollison St, Kyneton, 3444
21st Jun 2019 Lighthouse Theatre 185 Timor Street, Warrnambool, 3280
22nd Jun 2019 Hamilton Performing Arts Centre 113 Brown St, Hamilton, 3300