Absolutely brilliant! Don’t miss it — the story of Australia’s WWI army nurses told with exhilarating style.
Follow Sister Florence Whiting on her four year odyssey — from departure on the troopship Kyarra, to tours of duty in the Dardanelles, on Lemnos, in Egypt, France and the Western Front.
Based on the letters and diaries of Australian army nurses, Through These Lines offers an intimate and unique theatrical experience, performed by a talented ensemble cast with authentic costumes and props for an immersive experience of the tumult of war.
We were stunned by the performances … the cast and crew can be very proud of the show … a treasure in the 100th anniversary year of the War to End Wars
Uplifting, terrifying and sad all at the same time … The cast was absolutely brilliant and swept the entire audience up in the history, struggles, happiness of love and crippling devastation of war. Get to see this show if you can, you won’t be sorry
Poignant, thought provoking, great balance of pathos, humour and insight
The Lithgow Small Arms Factory opened on 8 June 1912. It manufactured rifles and bayonets for the Australian forces during World War I.
Performances take place in the museum located on the original Small Arms Factory site. The museum (visit them on Facebook) has a fascinating collection, and the finest firearms display in the Southern Hemisphere.
Book online or get your tickets in advance at the museum.
I knew I wanted my main character — Flo — to come from regional NSW and in all my research I kept coming back to the Lithgow Small Arms Factory and imagining what the Great War meant to a town like Lithgow and its people.
Then the idea hit me to make Florence’s father the manager of the factory as his eldest daughter — a trained nurse — goes to war and his youngest marries her sweetheart.
Lithgow Small Arms Factory and its museum are pivotal to Australia’s wartime history and it is an honour to be performing in its halls.
Lithgow, like several other communities in Australia, also has a Lemnos Street!
— Cheryl Ward