The story of a woman who is forced to remember her life as a wartime spy, a memory she had put away for many years.

Of Forgetting tells the story of Olga Stambolis, who was a spy in Greece in WWII. She was caught by the Nazis and jailed. The play is a memory piece, with Olga forced to remember not only her war service, but also the reasons why she left her young family in Australia to go to Greece in the first place.  It explores how a woman’s role in early 20th century Australian society may not be all that different to today’s, and reflects on how the concept of heroism is very different for a woman than for a man.

Content Warning: Violence

Written by Phil Kafcaloudes

Directed by Gary Young (‘Jekyll’, ‘Sideshow Alley’, ‘The Mousetrap’)

Performed by Jackie Rees

Image by Family photo collection

Shortlisted for the Cooper prize for playwriting.


Access Information:

Visual rating 50%: Events are partly subtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.

Aural Rating 50%: Has both sound and visual components, but sight isn’t essential to be able to engage with the event.