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Theatre Newfoundland Labrador present Our Frances

The poignant story of a heroic nurse who served during World War I, will be leave audiences in East Yorkshire utterly spellbound this autumn.

The play, entitled Our Frances by Berni Stapleton, will be shown at Swanland Village Hall, on Saturday October 13. Performed by Canadian theatre group, Theatre Newfoundland Labrador, Our Frances is an extraordinary story celebrating the life and heroism of Frances Cluett who was born and raised in Belleoram, Newfoundland.

In 1916, she joined the Volunteer Aid Detachment and, after a scant month of medical training, was shipped overseas where she served for four years at the 10th General Hospital in Rouen, France. Frances became as heroic as the men and boys who fought and the play is inspired by her many letters home, detailing the horrors and heartbreak she witnessed, and revealing how her humour 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 and the toll that it took on the women who worked there.

Theatre Newfoundland Labrador 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.

Blaize Arts welcomes TNL from Canada for the third time, touring as part of Live Lincs’ autumn season of events.

The show will be performed at:

  • Sat 13 Oct       7.30pm     Swanland Village Hall (HU14 3QR) tele:  01482 634863/


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