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A Dreadful Time for Mothers (reprisal)

10 March at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Clare Larman (performer) Penny Bristol Jones (collated the diary entries and letters) Maureen Hartley (performer) Kaarin Fairfax (director)

“1916: We stood on the cliff top yesterday, waiting. Look! Look! A ship. We waved madly to them, laughing and crying, making great flourishes of farewell with the tablecloth, leaving our picnic scattered across the rocks. The ship disappeared into the growing gloom. This is such a dreadful time for Mothers everywhere.”

There are many accounts of the experiences of Australian men serving in WW1,but what of the women? Mothers, wives, sisters and sweethearts the waiting for news could be terrible.
Edie Digby kept a record of daily life during these years, inviting us into the world of one ordinary woman. Her husband and two sons served in the Great War- a conflict she came to describe as ‘this cursed war’. Her words have now been adapted for the stage ‘A Dreadful Time for Mothers’ allows a glimpse into the everyday hopes and fears of one woman, as she tried valiantly to keep the homefires burning!
Readings from the WW1 Diaries and letters of Edie Digby collated by Penny Bristol Jones read by Maureen Hartley and Clare Larman (Violet&Rose productions) directorial assistance Kaarin Fairfax.
The readings will be presented by Violet&Rose Productions in the Old Treasury Building.
This special reading is presented in conjunction with the exhibition ‘A Nation Divided, the Great War and Conscription’.



10 March
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Old Treasury Building
9651 2233


Old Treasury Building
20 Spring Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia
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