Nurses:Then and Now
Presented by Arrowood Theatre with Shakespeare in Action
Experiencing both World Wars and now a global pandemic, the Weston community has seen many changes; but the strength of these women and people has always upheld us. Nurses: Then and Now, is an examination of nurses and their role in our community throughout time. Through monologues, scenes, projection, we bring these stories to life; restringing these events together in a celebration of sacrifice, love and the strength of women - then and now.
While switching between mediums and time periods alike, this piece brings the audience into the story of two brave women in an interactive and accessible adventure, featuring a heartfelt conversation between two everyday women: one woman a nurse during the Second World War, coping with new restrictions and new responsibilities; and another woman, a nurse in 2022, as they make painful sacrifices for their communities. This interactive piece blurs the lines between past and present, to highlight the sitzfleisch of community strength held together by many powerful women.
"There is a weight to this work that is not easily understood
unless it is lived."
CREATED and PERFORMED by Kiera Publicover and Simone Matheson
SOUND AND PROJECTION DESIGNED by Simone Matheson
LIGHTING, SOUND, AND PROJECTION OPERATION by Michelle Blight
PRODUCED by Lizzie Moffat
PHOTOGRAPHED by Rikki Katarina
Created with the support of Shakespeare in Action.
Shakespeare in Action's Weston Then & Now Festival - March 2022