From the voices of many comes the story of one nurse. Using a series of correspondence from multiple sources, writer and director Cheryl Ward has developed this performance piece that is best experienced in a setting sympathetic to the story – she uses abandoned tunnels and air raid shelters to great effect.
NSW Curriculum links that connect with the themes and events in Through These Lines.
|Objective links||Outcome links|
|Key issues in world history – World War I and the role of the Allied and ANZAC forces||P1.1, P1.2, H1.1|
|The process of historical inquiry – the story of the letters and the ensuing research and verification of data||P3.2, P3.3, P3.4, P3.5 H3.2, H3.3, H3.4, H3.5|
|Communicating an understanding of history – interpretation, characters, presentation in appropriate dialogue||P4.1, P4.2, H4.1, H4.2|
|Understanding the language of personal expression||3.3, 3.4, 4.3|
|Understanding how the use of language shapes the meaning of dialogue and influences responses||4.1, 4.2, 4.3|
|Adapting of language to communicate information, ideas and values for a variety of purposes, audiences and contexts.||7.2|
|Human Society and its Environment – Society and Culture|
|Understanding social and cultural concepts – how people relate and interact in groups given their cultural identity and social norms||P1, P2, H1, H2, H3|
|Exploring the influence of change on a society – World War||II P5, H5|
|Explores how the different ways that information is presented is appropriate in differing contexts and audiences||P9, P10, H9, H10|
|Creative Arts – Drama|
|Exploring and understanding ideas and situations in order to develop characters and role||P1.1, P1.2, H1.1, H1.2|
|Learning about, appreciating and utilizing the collaborative nature of theatre||P1.7, P1.8, H1.7, H1.8, H1.9|
|Understanding the impact of the technical side of a production on a subject matter||P1.4, P1.5, H1.4, H1.5|
Analysis and use of sources is a common part of the historical skills outcome in all of the history (F-10) and modern history (Y11+12) topics in the Australian Curriculum.
Contact us about a half-hour post-performance Q&A with writer Cheryl Ward and cast members.
And we’d very much appreciate if you could include a notice about our performances in your school newsletter.
Parental guidance recommended: low level violence, simulated surgical procedures, very occasional course language, loud noises.
We are committed to making our research on the Australian Army Nursing Service’s contributions during the Great War available to students and teachers alike.
We have a dedicated research section, highlighting both our notes taken from archival material held at various institutions (AWM, SLNSW, SLVIC etc) as well as insight into our original research locating the sites of the hospitals and facilities across Lemnos, France and Belgium.