THE SOLDIER’S WIFE BRINGS UNTOLD STORIES TO LIFE
Over the past 18 months, a small group of Queensland songwriters have embarked on a truly remarkable songwriting journey – to tell the stories of women whose partners have served in conflict over the past 60 years.
The depth of experience was deep with those wives’ partners having served their country in conflicts from WW2 until the present day deployments through Asia, the Pacific and The Middle East. The songwriters have talked to almost 100 women – aged from 25 to 104 years old. From varying backgrounds and conflicts, their stories all have similar themes of love, of loss, of existence of upheaval through varying deployments, of fear for their partners whilst on deployment, of anger for the way their partners have been treated from some conflicts and suffering through their partners PTSD (and often through the children’s PTSD that is passed on) and their strength in raising their children – often on their own.
Those wives opened their hearts and bared their souls – talking about their experiences. From there, each of the artists went away and turned those stories into a group of personal, passionate and inspirational songs.
The aim of the project was simple – to give these women the opportunity to share their stories while raising the community’s awareness and understanding of their personal sacrifice and commitment. Through song they are able to be completely open, honest, and anonymous. It has been a deeply emotional experience for all involved.
The songs have since been performed live at a range of venues including the Brisbane Powerhouse, Woodford Folk Festival and most recently a sold out performance at the Sydney Opera House and Canberra Street Theatre – giving audiences the chance to hear these powerful stories first hand.
Now The Soldier’s Wife will be touring regionally in Queensland throughout May and June, incorporating songwriting workshops and performances in Cairns, Townsville, Roma and Pomona. This has been made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports sustainable cultural development in regional, rural, and remote Australia to give artists and communities’ better access to opportunities to practice and experience the arts.
The artists involved represent a mix of vast songwriting experience and emerging talent. They are: one time Australian Music Prize nominee and vocal powerhouse Jackie Marshall; North Queensland based Roz Pappalardo (best know as one half of Women in Docs); all round entertainer Bertie Page, Emma Bosworth, country blues artist Kristy Apps and project coordinator Deb Suckling (Lucy Star Satellite).
This project has also received assistance from the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund.
The Soldier’s Wife
Friday 10 June at 8pm
Doors, bar & food from 6pm
Tickets only $30 per person, $25 conc.
Majestic Theatre, Pomona
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