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JOY Presents: The Shoe Horn Sonata by John Misto
Directed by Alison Knight.
8:00PM Thursday 9 August, Unicorn Theatre, Lechte Road, Mount Waverley
In 1945, Sheila and Bridie were freed from a Japanese PoW camp after three years. Fifty years later, Sheila and Bridie are reunited to recall their experiences for a TV documentary. What they expect in coming together after many years apart is to relive their memories; the hardships, horrors and tenuous achievements, as well as the humor and daring that was necessary to their survival. What they did not expect was to uncover a devastating secret that both divided and haunted them for half a century.

John Misto’s play incorporates an array of dramatic techniques, both visual and auditory, to bring to life the extraordinary experiences of extraordinary women; stories of survival, Australian/ British rivalry and of optimism. Underscoring the story telling is music of the era, conveying the joy, creativity and fortitude of desperate women in the camp and an array of photograph memorabilia that provides us with historical references and reminders of the horror of the experience.

The Shoe-Horn Sonata can be seen as a living memorial dedicated to the brave and often forgotten Australian female war heroes who endured torture and captivity. The play’s longevity ensures their sacrifices will not be forgotten.

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