This play by Berni Stapleton is an extraordinary story celebrating the life and heroism of Frances Cluett. Frances was born and lived in Belleoram, Newfoundland. In 1916, she joined the Volunteer Aid Detachment.
After a scant month of medical training she was shipped overseas and served for four years at the 10th General Hospital in Rouen, France.
Although she would likely argue the point, during those years she became as heroic as the men and boys who fought. The play is inspired by her many letters home, detailing the horrors and heartbreak she witnessed, and revealing how her humor and resilience captured the love and loyalty of all she encountered.
Thirty-one letters provided a true, concise and compassionate account of women at war, giving a genuine and personal snapshot of what life was like in the casualty hospitals of England and France during those years of slaughter that we call World War I and the toll that it took on the women who worked there.
TNL produce and present plays from a national and international repertoire and create work. They are a year round full-time professional company committed to the stories they tell, the artists who tell them and the community they live in. We welcome TNL from Canada for the third time.