Dispatches from the Frontline is a performed reading by Geraldine Cook-Dafner of excerpts from the diary of a Victorian nurse, Sister Nan Reay, who served for four gruelling years on the “frontline” of the battlefields of WW1.

These “dispatches” celebrate this nurse’s duty, resilience, courage and tenacity; traits that are embodied daily by ‘front line’ health workers all over Australia as we combat the COVID pandemic. It has been these workers who have scaffolded our community fearlessly as they continue to risk themselves in unknown situations.  Nan Reay’s lived experiences provide great insight into how we might navigate the complexity of present times.

“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”. – Audience (from previous reading of Dispatches from the Frontline)


Produced and Designed by Geraldine Cook-Dafner and Naomi Edwards

Directed by Naomi Edwards

Performed by Geraldine Cook-Dafner

Image by Sarah Corridon

Specific accessibility information for this event:

Visual Rating: 50%
This event is partly subtitled or includes dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.

Aural Rating: 75%
Mainly sound-based, with visuals only incidental to the work, so blind or low vision audiences can have close to the full experience of the event.

View more about Dispatches From The Frontline HERE.

Due to limited capacity, this event will also be livestreamed on La Mama’s Facebook and Youtube Channel.