Lind Lane's first show in 2007 is a fascinating look at the untold history of female WWII POW's in Singapore. The story centres on two ladies, one Australian and one British, who are reunited in 1995 during filming of a TV documentary about their wartime experiences. These two characters are fictional, but all of the stories they recount are historically accurate. The play contains a large multimedia element, with an intriguing soundscape and visual projections throughout.
The Shoe-Horn Sonata poses interesting questions about the way we construct and communicate our history, and also tells a beautiful story of the reconciliation of two friends who are reunited after a lifetime apart.
February 16, 17, 23, 24
March 2 & 3 at 8pm
February 18 & 25 at 2pm
Tickets $18 Adults $16 Concession
Lind Lane Theatre Inc
16 Mitchell Street
Phone: 07 5441 1814
LIND LANE OPENS WITH SHOE-HORN
· Nambour Lind Lane Theatre's opening production for 2007 is The Shoe-Horn Sonata, directed by Keith Daly, and featuring Carine Bail and Cheryl Cope
· The Shoe-Horn Sonata is a fascinating look at the untold history of female WW2 POW's in Singapore.
· The story centres on two ladies, one Australian and one British, who are reunited in 1995 during filming of a TV documentary about their wartime experiences as nurses held captive by the Japanese.
· The play contains a large multimedia element, with an intriguing soundscape and visual projections throughout.
· The play poses interesting questions about the way we construct and communicate our history, and also tells a beautiful story of the reconciliation of two friends who are reunited after a lifetime apart.
· The production opens at Lind Lane Theatre, 16 Mitchell St Nambour, on February 16, and continues until March 3. Opening Night Gala $25, includes hors d'oeuvres, champagne, coffee and cake. For bookings phone 54411814.
LIND LANE PAYS TRIBUTE TO FEMALE POW'S
On 15 February 1942, the British and Australian forces lost their grip on Singapore, as it fell to the might of the Japanese Empire. The next day, 22 members of the Australian Army Nursing Service, who had survived the sinking of the ship they had boarded in an attempt to escape the Japanese, were massacred on Banka Island.
65 years later to the day, on 16 February 2007, Nambour Lind Lane Theatre pays tribute to these female prisoners of war, with the opening night of their latest production, The Shoe-Horn Sonata.
The play centres on two characters - one a down to earth Australian Army Nurse, and the other a young civilian English girl - who meet after their ships have been sunk while fleeing from Singapore in 1942. They form a friendship which survives three and a half years of captivity as prisoners of the Japanese Emperor in camps in Malaya and Sumatra.
Fifty years later, they meet at a reunion organised by a documentary maker. Neither is sure where their friendship stands, as no contact was made during the post war years. They are wary of each other and of renewing their friendship.
Whilst these two characters are fictitious, the play is based on actual events, and all of the stories recounted by the pair did occur.
Lind Lane's production is directed by Keith Daly, who has a long list of theatrical credits to his name as both director and performer. Cheryl Cope and Carine Bail, both well-known to local audiences, play the two reunited friends, while Errol Morrison provides the voice of the interviewer.
Along with the wonderful character portrayals by Cheryl and Carine, a highlight of the play is the audio/visual display of sounds and images from the period, which serve to heighten the reality of the experience for the audience.
The Shoe-Horn Sonata is penned by award winning Australian playwright John Misto, who is also renowned for his work as a writer for television, having been responsible for popular films and mini-series such as Heroes Mountain: The Rescue Of Stuart Diver, and The Day Of The Roses, the story of the Granville train disaster.
The production opens at Lind Lane Theatre, 16 Mitchell St Nambour, on February 16, and continues until March 3. For bookings phone 5441 1814.
Picture: Carine Bail and Cheryl Cope reflect on times past in The Shoe-Horn Sonata