Dispatches from the Frontline is a project led by Geraldine Cook-Dafner and Naomi Edwards. Inspired by the diary of Sister Nan Reay, an Australian nurse who served behind the frontline in World War 1,    Dispatches From The Frontline features a podcast, live performance and community engagement with frontline health workers. The dispatches of Nan Reay's diary celebrate this nurse’s personal resilience, courage and persistence and are used to reference contemporary experiences of care, duty, resilience and courage embodied daily by front line health workers during the COVID pandemic. 

Performed by Geraldine Cook-Dafner 
Directed by Naomi Edwards 

"Moving, real, vivid and powerful. The performance was perfect”

“Listening to what that First World War nurse went through just brought me straight back to ICU where we have struggled for the past year. The language and experiences of this nurse resonated so much with what we’ve been through”


Dispatches From The Frontline gratefully acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government and Public Record Office Victoria for making this project possible.

Picture 1.jpg