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They Also Serve

They Also Serve

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  • Sun 2 Aug ’15, 2:30pm – 4:00pm
  • Sun 2 Aug ’15, 7:00pm – 8:30pm


Matamata Little Theatre, Short St, Matamata


All Ages



When you ask 'What did NZ women do in the War of 1914 to 1918?', the most likely answer is they knitted, they cooked Anzac biscuits, and some were nurses.

Ilona Rodgers and Cathie Harrop – with the support of musicians Paul Harrop and Jennie Khan – will bring to Matamata Little Theatre on August 2nd the stories and music of NZ women at home and abroad during World War One – a time when women's lives changed beyond recognition in their homes and families.

Many women were greatly affected by the loss of their men and the social turnaround in their lives over the 4 years of war and for some years afterwards.

Ilona and Cathie will tell stories and sing songs, to entertain with integrity and humour, whilst bringing to the public through the medium of theatre this part of our history when women ‘rose to the occasion’ and with true No 8 wire mentality they more than coped, only to be forgotten almost completely by the history book writers of our nation.

They will we also remember the despair of the women who just couldn’t knit, who may have received up to four of the dreaded telegrams, or the misguided white feather girls.

The audience will be encouraged to pass on their own family history of women at the end of each performance when there will be time to talk about their stories with the performers, and hopefully this may encourage people to go back to their own families to record and share this part of our history.

Finally "They also serve" celebrates the bravery and ingenuity of women who never left NZ, of the heroic women who joined as nurses to serve with our forces all over Europe and also the many of our women who were already overseas following careers that were temporarily put aside and for some never resumed.

"They Also Serve" will bring information to our audience, which up until now, has been a mostly neglected and is a little recorded part of our 20th century NZ history.

Tickets from Storyteller Book Shop.

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