Edith Cavell Facing the Silence by John Mangan directed by Glenda Campi It is 1915. Norfolk nurse, Edith Cavell, has been captured by the Germans and accused of treason, while running a teaching hospital in Brussels. She has faced sixty days of near solitary confinement, interrogation and now a trial.
Surely the Germans will not execute a woman? Yet, Edith Cavell (performed by Naomi Clasohm) is facing another trial, alone in her cell. Sixty days alone with the only person who knows who Edith Cavell really is – herself. Edith Cavell is facing the silence. Set in Edith's prison cell in the St Gilles Prison on Brussels, John Mangan's play explores the life and trial of this trailblazing woman.
A pioneer of nursing training, with a strong sense of duty, Edith found herself trapped in an occupied country surrounded by an English hating German Military hierarchy.
"I have only recently learned of Nurse Cavell's actions and bravery," said director Glenda Campi
"Many people may have heard of Edith, but not so many realise just what a risk she took in her resistance work or how she protected allied soldiers and her trainee nurses. John's play brings out the human cost of duty and sacrifice, not to mention Edith's strong character and sense of humour, along with her life story. It's a fabulous piece of factual writing.
Edith Cavell-Facing the Silence
February 21,26,28,29 at 7.30pm
February 22 and 23 at 2pm
The Lind Theatre
Adult/16 + $25, Members $20, Concession $23, Children $18, Group bookings 10+ $20
The Lind Theatre, Nambour
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