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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 frontlines in World War 1 , it features a podcast series and a live performance.  The dispatches of Nan Reay's diary celebrate this nurse’s personal resilience, courage and persistence during four gruelling years of the war. 

Dispatches from the Frontline project is dedicated to all health workers and pays tribute to their courage on the frontlines of past and current wars and the recent 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”


We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which Dispatches from the Frontline is created and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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

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