With the Anzac Centenary next year be prepared for more than a year of commemorations. It will be a local, national and international commemoration marathon starting in August 2014 – 2018 and will no doubt cover every conceivable aspect of those years.
Away from the mainstream there will be gems of theatre, music, art and exhibitions to give yet another perspective on the genesis of our Anzac spirit, but one little gem has already been created by Carolyn Bock and Helen Hopkins. It is The Girls In Grey, a short, beautifully written and emotionally wrenching story of three WW1 Australian Army Nursing Staff and their experiences during four years of war.
The stories are from personal diaries, letters and official documents and in a contemporary presentation the emotional is intensified by the lack of artifice and simple symbolic representations of experiences. Often forgotten in the endless telling of the ‘war story’ these Girls in Grey were as committed and courageous as any man and with only the records to put the record straight it needs writers of this calibre to bring this kind of story to our attention.
Presented on the eve of Anzac Day, Girls in Grey, will be remembered, long after the bunting and bugles are packed away and the future King and his Duchess departed after this year’s 99th commemoration.