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HELP HALLOWED GROUND GET TO EDINBURGH

Help us get to Edinburgh and share our wonderful Australian women’s stories in the home town of The Scottish Women’s Hospitals. Four women. Many stories. A century of service. “An outstanding ensemble” Theatre People.

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EDINBURGH CALLING!
We are thrilled to have been invited to present Hallowed Ground-Women Doctors in War at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The play will be presented under the banner of Army@The Fringe in a curated season of theatre with military themes that will focus on the role of women.

Hallowed Ground is inspired by the many women in the book ‘Not For Glory-A Century of Service by Medical Women to the Australian Army and it’s Allies’ by Susan Neuhaus and Sharon Mascall-Dare.

Edinburgh is the home of The Scottish Women’s Hospitals, founded in WW1 by Doctor Elsie Inglis. Many Australian medical women found their place in these outfits-staffed entirely by women, and they paved the way for the future. One of those women was surgeon Lilian Violet Cooper. Her story, among others of courage and endurance, features in Hallowed Ground. In a way, we are bringing the stories home!

“The actors give powerful and honest performances” Stage Whispers
“First class storytelling” Theatre People

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING…
“You will walk away more knowledgeable and understanding; humbled, tearful, inspired and joyful. It is a triumph. Bravo Hallowed Ground!” Sharyn Roberts- Virtual War Memorial

“A captivating theatre experience…a story that honours the trailblazing contribution women continue to make in the Australian Defence Force” Premier SA Steven Marshall.

We’ve had a fantastic start to 2019 with performances at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. In June the production will tour throughout regional Victoria. After an overwhelming reception in Canberra last year, the play will return to the Australian War Memorial for further performances and, by invitation, at the Australian Military Medicine Association’s annual conference as the closing keynote address later in the year. In 2020, we look to continue touring. We hope you’ll come on board for the journey with us.

Through this platform we hope to raise funds to contribute to the travel, production costs and salaries for our team for the Edinburgh season.

We have a big vision: to share these lived experiences of some pretty incredible women with as many people as possible, and ensure that their legacy is known and lives on for generations of women to come.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest festival in the world. For us as theatre makers, it’s the perfect opportunity to launch our work on an international circuit, and reach new audiences and artists from around the globe.

Your generous support will help us continue to spotlight the vital voices of women’s stories and contribute to their presence in the theatre.

“While times may change, the universal themes of compassion, professionalism and courage that lie at the heart of these stories do not.” Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Smart, Surgeon General ADF*

Thank you so much for your support.

Carolyn Bock and Helen Hopkins

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Founded in 2009 by Carolyn Bock and Helen Hopkins, The Shift Theatre is focused on presenting dynamic works with strong roles for women, both from existing texts and in the development of new works.

‘Our aim is to provide a stimulating and collaborative platform for directors, actors and creatives who share our vision and passion for stories that capture the heart and imagination.’

The Shift Theatre’s inaugural season played at The Dog Theatre in Footscray producing two works: the Australian premiere of Nilo Cruz’ Two Sisters and a Piano and Fred, by acclaimed Australian playwright Beatrix Christian. With L.Wolf Productions, The Shift Theatre co-produced Lost In Ringwood by Barry Dickens. With a passion for women‘s history and stories, Carolyn and Helen co-wrote and produced an original Australian work: The Girls in Grey after successful creative development at La Mama Theatre in 2010, and performances at The Shrine of Remembrance in 2011. The Girls in Grey had a season at Theatre Works in St Kilda in 2012, toured regional Victoria in 2013, N.S.W. and Victoria in 2014 and W.A. in 2015. The Shift Theatre’s new work Hallowed Ground – Women Doctors in War will premiere La Mama’s Carlton Courthouse in August 2018.

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